Perils of Pandemic: Effect on Indian Educational System
By Neeharika Sinha Roy , Class 7, The Heritage School, Kolkata , Kolkata
Amid unity in diversity, India is a country that represents rich cultural heritage and a knowledge hub which not only has made advancements in various fields of academics, science, technology, philosophy, etc. but also other inventions and discoveries.
In the past era, India was never been recognized by the outside world. Many scholars were born here to change the educational scenario of the country. The brilliant works of these talented people were preserved in various libraries. Universities like Nalanda, Taxila, and Vikramshila had been founded to spread the knowledge to the rest of the world. Hence, most of the lessons we know or learn from school today have originated from the past.
Though, India had a strong educational base yet was very vulnerable to foreign invaders as they failed to challenge them. These repeated invasions led to a huge loss of life and even annexed the country for a long period creating a pandemic predicament in India. Soon the prosperity of India slowly faded away in the hands of the invaders. They plundered and looted away all the wealth and the greatest scholarly works of the Nation.
Moreover, the institutes were not left behind and were set on fire. These pandemic incidents had brought in an immense impact on the country as it was incapable of preserving the wealth safely. But still, they did not give up and continued their research work for flourishing civilization. Despite the deaths, sufferings, and poverty of the citizens, they had to overcome the fear of fighting battles and focused on their missions. India is like the rising sun which shines up brightly each day and brings in new ideas, concepts, and aspirations. With time, the Nation attracted many scholars from different places from the world. They translated these great valuable Indian works and spread this knowledge with the other countries.
But India was never recognized for its contribution. Arabs had transferred from India many new concepts to the western world. The lack of unity among the Indian kings paved the way for the foreign rulers to exploit people of the soil. Besides of all these threats, the State has faced other health wars. Diseases like malaria and plague which spread across the country, infecting numerous people. This health war has led to the death of millions of people. The country was helplessly looking for proper medicine which could have brought an end to the sufferings. Therefore, medicine played an important role in treating the sick. Every individual looks forward to the coming of a new year which also brings in new hope, aspiration, and prosperity in their life. But this year, 2020, all our expectations and hopes got a jolt.
The entire world has been undergoing a quarantine period because of the spread of coronavirus which has not only harmed the economic status of the country but also has changed the lifestyle of humans. This pandemic has brought a huge impact on the Indian educational system. A temporary shutdown of all the schools and colleges has been ordered to prevent the gathering of people. The technological discoveries made in the past couple of years have initiated a new system of imparting education through ‘e-school’. ‘E-learning’ now has been very essential for every student's life. Along with online classes and webinars, schools are also trying to promote mental wellness through yoga and music as a stress reliever. But virtual education can lead to the loss of eyesight. Thus, can also lead to health hazards. In every human crisis, education adapts itself with the changing circumstances but these virtual classes cannot be a substitute to the conventional classroom environment for this corona pandemic.