Not too long ago, Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India, launched a series of campaigns to boost the Indian economy and bridge the digital gap. Digital India being the core highlight of Modi-ji’s initiative, which aimed at transforming the pen-paper loving India into that of a tech-savvy India, did not manage to ring a bell onto the deaf ears of a fixed minded Indian. It was only after the dreaded night of 8th November, 2016, the night of demonetization, that the troubled Indian wanted to seek a way out of the long meandering lines in the banks.
Year 2017 for India witnessed a drastic migration towards technology. One might call it a digital revolution of India which branched out to sectors like hospitality, railways, banks, education, government offices, institutions etc. and which spread even more rapidly than the industrial revolution, managed to introduce digitization in India at a surprisingly fast pace. However, the sector which is yet to be penetrated entirely and has a tremendous potential to change the future of a country remains in ambiguity – The education sector.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
Paperless education has been recognized as the way forward in the schools around the world, and gradually the Indian education sector is catching up with it too. Traditional methods of teaching have to be trailed behind in order to walk hand-in-hand with the ever-changing technology. The problem with traditional teaching methods is that of the time that is wasted in carrying out redundant processes instead of teaching. The educators around the globe agree that processes like admissions, attendance, fees, results, student reports, and issues in administration like coordination between teachers, teachers & parents, store & library management, front desk etc. are time-consuming and inefficient. These processes can be streamlined and managed effectively using today’s technological advancements.
The 2018 Union Budget proposed to scale the school operations digitally, avoiding the blackboards. The focus has been shifted to developing skills in digital domain due to which “Smart School” concept is starting to pick up pace and the educators are widely adopting the touch-screens over pen and paper. Not only is the digitization making processes easier for them, it has also provided a feeling of security to the parents, in addition to contributing greatly towards the environment.
Every sector is benefiting from the advent of technology – the processes have become faster, reliable and efficient which can cater to the smart brains of 21st century. It is time that the education sector takes a leap and uses digitization as a catalyst towards the bright future of the generation.