Indian education has its origin in the ‘’Gurukul” system, wherein students needed to live in a secluded school within the teacher’s house. Furthermore, they spent their formative years studying important subjects and doing most of the daily chores by themselves. And by the end of the stipulated time, they would be prepared to face the world and its challenges. 

Although the Gurukul system still exists sparsely, it is not as relevant as schools and colleges that strive to provide modern education. Plus, you must have witnessed a drastic change in the Indian education system over the years. For instance, institutes no longer limit themselves to conducting traditional paper-based examinations. 

Besides, technological innovation helped institutes to facilitate equal educational opportunities for all students irrespective of geographical boundaries. Therefore, distance education and e-learning, which was previously alternative learning options, gained prominence. Moreover, it empowered traditional classrooms with engaging activities that helped students understand critical topics easily. Therefore, let us take a look at how technology has influenced the Indian education sector: 

Simplified Lessons through Appropriate Tools

The word ‘’innovation’’ is apt to mention in the context of Indian education because, in the first few years, the launch of innovative tools enhanced school and college academic sessions. Plus, you must remember how teachers relied on blackboards and textbooks to deliver lessons. Also, it was mandatory for students to manually complete their assignments or projects and submit them within the deadline. 

However, there is no such limitation nowadays because digitized answer sheets and online submission of projects have simplified classwork. Therefore, you might have noticed that teachers implement a hybrid learning system that combines online and traditional in-class exercises. On the other hand, they don’t necessarily have to prepare elaborate lesson plans manually anymore; they can complete the task through specific tools. 

Also, previously students retrieved most of their information from textbooks or went to the library to retrieve additional info. In contrast, they do not have to depend on books as they can use many online sources to gain veritable details and facts about particular core topics. And teachers can use multimedia to explain a complex topic, making it easier for students to comprehend. 

Student Retention 

How do you judge a student’s potential? The previous system relied solely on examination and their respective scores to assess a learner’s potential. But it was a restrictive approach that singularly focused on quantifying an individual’s subject knowledge. In addition, the system lacked a proper mechanism for teachers to gauge learning gaps. 

In contrast, institutes can integrate advanced tools like a learning management system that allows teachers to organise lesson plans. Moreover, it enables them to keep track of students’ performance; they can check students who participated and who did not. Also, they can identify the common areas where individual students have problems and determine their strengths. 

Consequently, teachers can identify students who maintain decent attendance and those who fail to do so. So, upon noticing at-risk students, they can take necessary measures to retain them. For instance, creating a team of members from the faculty and administrative department to send important alerts to such students is an effective plan of action. 

Improved Assessment Techniques 

Paper-based examinations have been in use for the longest time and continue to be the primary medium to conduct tests. Meanwhile, it is not the way; institutes can conduct online exams, which has helped to transform the traditional examination system. Besides, appropriate software allows teachers and institutes to carry out the process entirely online without technical problems. 

As a result, teachers don’t have to spend extra time preparing exam questionnaires, checking answers or preparing the results. Instead, they can do all of the above remotely without coming to the institute premises and evaluate students efficiently. Additionally, technology has helped to enhance assessment techniques, which helps to give insight into students’ analytical and communication skills. 

Also, teachers can include a feedback system at the end of classes that helps them to understand students’ queries and issues. Simultaneously, it helps students to express problems that they have been facing in class anonymously. 

Facilitates 21st Century Skills  

Do you think the education system that existed fifteen years ago is still relevant? Or will it still be relevant in the future? 

It is noteworthy that the foundational core topics will always remain significant, but the teaching and learning habits are subject to change over the course of time. Moreover, institutes need to include the attributes of global educational trends and corresponding scholastic and co-scholastic activities. 

So, you might have noticed that institutes have emphasised the curriculum development process and included specific modules and topics. Consequently, it reflects on the teaching methodologies which aim to teach the 21st Century skills, including: 

  • Problem-solving 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Technology literacy.
  • Thinking and reasoning
  • Communication 
  • Metacognition

Self-paced Learning 

The traditional education system focused on syllabus completion and expected all students to complete the academic goals at a specific time. But all students can’t excel at the same rate when they have varied understanding levels and thinking abilities. Moreover, the tendency to ignore diverse differentiated learning abilities forced students to follow rote learning. 

On the other hand, the pressure of keeping pace with the rest of the class causes unregulated stress leading to poor performance. Thankfully, the institutes can integrate the ERP campus, which automates major administrative activities and eliminates time-consuming tasks. In addition, it helps teachers to implement suitable technologically-assisted pedagogies that enhance student learning. 

Consequently, they can follow a self-paced learning mechanism that helps them to master a skill or learn a concept at their pace. 

To Wrap Up,

The Indian education system has undergone a landmark transformation which one can signify through digital classrooms, virtual learning etc. Moreover, institutes and teachers take advantage of technology to carry out a comprehensive development of students. And it has made education accessible to students from different backgrounds who couldn’t necessarily attend classes due to geographical barriers.