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How can online education be made better for the consumer?

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Rakesh Wadhwa:

What about the future of schools and educational institutions, because everything is going online. And given that school's possibly the last ones to open, how do you see things changing for them?

 

Rama Bijapurkar:

I think we're seeing enough WhatsApp as well about mothers who are like really getting set up and saying that I cannot go online.

I think the technology will be very, very important. If I had the tech that they have, I teach older people, I would not worry whether I was going online or offline. Except that I would worry about their ability to interact with each other.

So I think what we have to do is really try and make technology work. It's a slave and not the master and it has to actually work for us and work a lot better. So, how do you do that? The other disturbing thing is that I think, particularly at college levels, our kids need to learn to interact and express themselves.

And in some ways, social intellectual skills, intellectual skills in a social setting, more than intellectual skills in a private setting. So if we know what the problem is, we have to tailor solutions for it. So we should not let technology drive the way we teach, but the way we want to teach, we should drive technology accordingly.

And I'm waiting to see other tech solutions coming up by the dozen cheaply for all the techies in India, to help us do this.

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