IASbhai Daily Editorial Hunt | 2nd Sep 2020
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EDITORIAL HUNT #120 :“Call for Acadonomics | UPSC“
Call for Acadonomics | UPSC
Sandeep Sancheti is Vice Chancellor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) Chennai and Past President, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) New Delhi
Disruption and chalking out a new idea for education
In the aftermath of the pandemic’s deep impact in India, ‘Acadonomics’ is a concept whose time may have come
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Education
COVID-19, as it has come to be called, is leaving a lasting impression on education. Discuss -(GS 3)
- Indian Institutions vs West
- Private Education
- Online Mode of learning
- This in turn is bound to have a telling impact on generations to come, forgetting for a second the extent to which the current graduating classes are in a state of limbo.
- In a larger perspective it has also raised the spectre of educational institutions shuttering their doors completely or taking unprecedented steps that have invariably affected jobs and livelihoods.
COMPARISON WITH WEST
- SHIFTING GEARS : In an academic setting is not easy whether one is talking about institutions in the developed West or the developing nations.
- RESOURCE AVAILABILITY : Economics has always been a part of academics. How management, especially in private institutions, is going to meet demands.
- ACADONOMICS : If one may call this new phenomenon “acadonomics”, it would imply a careful allocation of resources keeping in mind the transient nature of the issue .
- BOUNCING BACK : Its all about of how long it is going to take to come back to the steady state of affairs that it once was.
- ACADEMIC CHOICES : The academic choices, or in some instances, luxuries, are not the same for all countries across the world.
- MECCA OF HIGHER EDUCATION : The United States, the elite private and state subsidised universities have endowments for giving out fellowships to subsidising tuition fees.
- LESS CORPUSES : None of the institutions in this country possesses big corpuses from alumni or industry.
- UNIVERSITY IN INDIA : Their survival for the most part is on the annual income that comes from tuition and the assortment of other fees collected.
- THE SETUP : In an educational set-up in India, nothing can be reduced — the norms cannot be lowered nor can the infrastructure be dismantled.
- FIXED OPERATING COST : The status quo with respect to fixed costs remains the same, with some marginal adjustments possibly in costs of electricity, water and deferments in salaries.
- STRESSED INFRASTRUCTURE : Thereby placing additional burden on the management which in turn is paying off interest on the money borrowed for improving infrastructure on their campuses.
DUAL MODE OF LEARNING
- LEARNING SPIKE : The spike in cost for persisting with a dual mode of the teaching-learning process is going to be quite prohibitive for the next few years.
- SCALING OF OPERATIONS : The dual modes of online and offline is going to be expensive due to a dual mode of educational delivery.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING NORMS : This will enforce a smaller class sizes, thereby increasing the effective teaching load and multiplicity of efforts.
- MASSIVE OPENING : Online teaching means new hiring in the IT sector and increased costs due to engagements with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs.
- INVESTMENT : Online teaching means setting up multiple studios and educational technology centres which translate into investments in high technology.
- DEPLETING FINANCES : Creation of virtual laboratories across all domains of studies and examination centres, etc. .
- TRAINING : Additional funds have to be allocated to train faculty for online teaching.
- COUPONS : Students would be to opt for online courses as they could cut back and save on hostel, mess and travel costs.
- FEE COLLECTION : State should interfere in the fee structure, and, for the future, even consider a measure of higher degree of financial autonomy.
- ASSISTANCE : Technology can flatten the cost due to economies of scale, but in a shorter frame of time of three to five years, the cost of education is likely to go up.
- ‘ACADONOMICS’ OF THE FUTURE : This will not only decide the fate of the academic sector in India but also its quality, ranking, research, innovation potential and its collective impact on our country’s economy.
SOURCES: THE HINDU EDITORIAL HUNT | Call for Acadonomics | UPSC