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Virtual Learning Likely to go Mainstream Beyond Lockdown Phase across Developing Countries

Amidst nationwide lockdown phase currently crippling almost every sector in India, education perhaps is poised to witness a paradigm shift in knowledge dissemination and reception models in the coming days. Business prospects have long been associated with education structure in India, the lock down has further proved its potential in backing similar business opportunities in the realm of education with fast growing reliance on app-based learning modules. Despite deplorable conditions of healthcare facility in the country, education system is en-route a gigantic leap to kindle a well-crafted and long awaited paradigm shift in teaching models. As lockdown decisions bordered around hasty respite, educational institutions in India gradually shifted focus towards online teaching tools, leading to steadfast reliance on video-based apps such as Zoom. This video conferencing app has left behind popular apps such as Tik Tok and WhatsApp as well as social media apps such as Instagram, in terms of maximum downloads in the past weeks of lockdown.

This method of virtual classroom, though tasted popularity during lockdown, is likely to witness mainstream adoption in the coming years owing to deplorable infrastructure of educational institutions in India. Though virtual classrooms have become quite a commonplace situation in private institutions, public funded educational institutions were far from resorting to such technological aids. However, the situation now has certainly taken a different turn and is likely to further encourage extensive adoption of virtual teaching methodologies across government institutions in the coming years.

However, the success quotient of online teaching methodologies in India is still debatable, with many expert opinions emplacing its short-term usability to live through lockdown phase, fighting global pandemic. The idea of online teaching echoes the nuances of digital India. However, the proposed developments also necessitates grass root level penetration and massive internet connectivity through the length and breadth of the country before the goal of education to all is achieved.

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