Those who follow the government's vision for the next generation are aware that the budget has taken significant steps to reduce the effects of the Covid epidemic and related issues. Digital learning, digital colleges, and digital infrastructure have all taken centre stage. Technology adoption and digitisation have been emphasised, and a significant budget has been set aside to make this ambition a reality.
The finance minister has given the department of school education and literacy a budget of Rs 63,449 crore. For the upcoming fiscal year, the higher education department has been granted Rs 40,828 crore, an increase of 6.6% over the current fiscal year. Such a surge demonstrates the education sector's potential for expansion and how the government is laying the groundwork for future development.
This is encouraging news for a sector that is still hurting from the Covid-19 devastation, even as others are steadily regaining their footing. The fund fills the gap between existing e-learning programmes and the inaccessibility of digital equipment to some segments of the population. This is exactly the kind of thing that a country full of young, entrepreneurial mind's needs.
Schools and universities were obliged to use virtual learning platforms to conduct regular classes as a result of the epidemic, which changed the educational landscape. The education sector could cope with the severe changes required to maintain continuity in education and safeguard the future of our youth thanks to the availability of technology. Parents appreciated the convenience and comfort that digital learning provided, such as recorded lessons, connected and personalised learning, and improved participation.
Now that the situation is calming down and things are returning to normal, the world has realised that e-learning has created opportunities for learners to work effectively in the digital age.
Technology may be efficiently used in education to introduce new techniques and methodologies.
The prudent course of action for a brighter future is to guarantee that we are safeguarded from future pandemic-like crises that could threaten to collapse the applecart. And the best option is Blended Learning, which combines real and virtual classrooms and is quickly becoming the preferred method.
Students, parents, and teachers can all benefit from this medium of instruction.
According to Bay View Analytics' Digital Learning Pulse survey, most students want to preserve the option of learning online to some extent, confirming the necessity for hybrid solutions. In fact, according to a recent article published by the United States Department of Education on Online Learning, instructions combining online and face-to-face features had a bigger benefit relative to purely face-to-face instruction than did solely online education.
Similar discoveries have been made in India. According to a poll issued by HP India earlier this year, 68 percent of children wanted hybrid learning to continue, which was supported by 85 percent of instructors and 89 percent of parents. Similarly, although 91% of students believe that a combination of online and classroom learning aids comprehension, 90% of teachers believe that Hybrid learning can lessen learning interruptions.
Blended learning with interactive classrooms, innovative technology adaptation, and modern teaching styles are resonating with the youth. As a result, the Modi government's actions in this field are both timely and precise.
National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and skill-building measures have already been implemented by the government.
The government's National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and skill-building measures have already given the public faith that India is on the right track to preparing its kids for a brighter future. In the Union Budget 2022, additional focus was placed on integrated learning, with provisions for a progressive and inclusive approach to primary, secondary, and higher education.
Announcements such as the e-Vidhya initiative and the 'One Class One TV Channel' broaden students' learning horizons and encourage inclusivity by promoting regional languages equally. Increasing learning motivation will require improving the quality of e-content, focusing on teacher training, digitising mediums of education, and integrating technology. Higher education reskilling and upskilling, as well as the launch of the Digital DESH e-portal.
The quality of education in India would be improved by revamping the curriculum and methodology, as well as making education more flexible and inclusive. Individual schools and universities are attempting to make blended learning more accessible by introducing a newer curriculum and customising educational approaches.