Students and teachers encountered difficulty acquiring and transmitting skills, upskilling, and reskilling programs when traditional classrooms closed for significant periods of time. The issue was so urgent that it was chosen as one of the focal areas for World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) in 2021. Apprenticeships, online learning, and the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 were discussed.
The pandemic and lockdown posed unprecedented challenges to education and the labour market. With the public and commercial sectors working together to bring the internet to rural and semi-urban India, a huge number of students may be able to successfully transition to online learning. They are now pursuing digital internships and seeking advice from corporate executives on the landscape. Learners in digitally adept rural India now have an equal opportunity to showcase their talents and make a niche for themselves by continually adding skills and upskilling as needed.
India's tremendous increase in internet-based learning and skilling over the last two years has been a testament to the country's massive development in internet-based learning and skilling. This shows that we have the potential as a country to change skill sets and vocational education in India. Prior to the pandemic, there was a surge in students travelling to cities in search of work and better possibilities. Students can now prepare for a long-term career in various industries thanks to the advent of practical demonstration learning and skilling courses from institutes.
With inequities in the education system, the epidemic highlighted existing inequality in urban and rural India. To solve these issues, the government, businesses, and the most prominent universities must work together to close the digital divide. Technology has the potential to provide high-quality education with improved outcomes, but its full potential must be realised. Digital media, as well as the requisite infrastructure and connectivity, must reach the country's most rural areas. Access to the internet and technology should be considered a necessity rather than a luxury.
Aside from that, now is an excellent opportunity to pay attention and train teachers. Teachers are trying to grasp the digital ways to communicate with pupils in today's digital education scene. For teachers, even the higher costs associated with digital education might be overwhelming. To combat this, educational institutions should subsidise and pay professors' online teaching expenses. To address the issues that teachers encounter, the government and institutions should invest in large-scale teacher training projects and workshops.
India is at a crossroads where it is critical to bridge the digital divide and close the gender gap in order to fully grasp the potential of technology. The industry requires a superior workforce that can drive its digital operations, as well as exposure to skills across industries in the most understandable and practical manner. Furthermore, the curriculum should promote critical and creative thought.