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it is easy to adopt online education in india

 IT IS EASY TO ADOPT ONLINE EDUCATION IN INDIA 


By : Neha Shahab 
 The most educational institutions have been shut since the end of March. It is still difficult to predict when schools, colleges and universities will reopen. Teachers and school administrators have been advised to continue communication with students through virtual lectures or portals.
The major challenge of remote learning is disparity in access – from electricity and internet connections to devices like computer or smartphones.
Mission Antyodaya, a nationwide survey of villages conducted by the Ministry of Rural Development in 2017-’18, showed  that 16% of India’s households received one to eight hours of electricity daily, 33% received 9-12 hours, and only 47% received more than 12 hours a day. While a computer would be preferable for online classes, a smartphone could also serve the purpose. However, the phone might be convenient for apps, but not for carrying out lengthy assignments or research. While 24% Indians own a smartphone, only 11% of households possess any type of computer, which could include desktop computers, laptops, notebooks, tablets.
The difference is starker in case of internet access. In states like Delhi, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Uttarakhand, more than 40% households have access to internet. The proportion is less than 20% for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
The gender divide in internet usage is also stark. As per the internet and mobile association of india report, in 2019, while 67% men had access to internet, this figure was only at 33% for women. The disparity is more prominent in rural India, where the figures are 72% and 28% for men and women.