We have Sanhita Guin with us today, she is a 3rd year b.tech student pursuing her ECE degree from VIT university. She keeps interests in reading books, musics and communication technology. her views about the changing educational system is very simple and straight forward that any change that happens, always does for a good reason. Also, she feel education is done from heart as well mind, both of it is required to attain a spellbound result.
Lets see what she has to say –
- What are you doing, tell us about yourself? And what plans you have about your future education?
I am Sanhita Guin, and I am pursuing B.Tech in Electronics and Engineering. I study in VIT Vellore. Currently I am in my third year. I like the communication aspect more. Hence have an upper hand in that area. I am an avid reader, and I love the works of Jhumpa Lahiri. I also listen to a lot of music, mostly everything. But my favourite includes Classical music. I am a keen nature enthusiast and love to interact with animals.
Personally chose BTech to quench thirst for technical knowledge in the communication and robotics industry, and hence the chosen subject. The telecommunication industry is now saturated and stagnant. I am going to pursue my MTech after this, as it is a good forum for research and development oriented work. I would have to, hence, appear for GATE. But before that I will garner at least a year of work experience.
- What are your ideas about digital education?
Online education system according to me is the multitude of online matter available in any subject regarding any field no matter what the topic. Online stuff should not be regarded as stuff at all! It is not general knowledge anymore. With the amount of experts and teachers and universities and the assortment of learning systems they provide can support full-fledged education.
But one fundamental drawback that prevails regarding the online education system is that most of it is uncharted and unaccounted. Therefore there is not an efficient system of delivering this vast knowledge that has been amassed over time. If there could be a better way of organizing the entire chunk of unit of information into sub-units that can be accessed using anywhere anytime using only one particular system or command, this internet of things would actually yield a more fruitful output.
- Do you think online education System will be as good as offline/bookish education system?
I believe that in this age of modernization and advancement it will be foolish not to welcome digital education with open arms. As a student, digital education is a great boon to students of this century. And it rests with us that we promote the benefits and advantages of digital communication over bookish learning.
A digital platform engages the same number of senses as classroom teaching, yet can achieve higher results. Through digital communication a wide range of teaching methods are available to us. Not a library but a foray of libraries are available online now. You have a plethora of sites to choose from. Online lectures with practical demonstrations are the savior for that one thing you missed in class. People who have no access to schools, now can complete the entirety of a degree online. So much facilities. Why shouldn’t we avail them? If we decide to not, we will just merely fall behind.
- What according to you are the major challenges that a student might face during this educational technology?
The main problem a student will definitely face is dilemma. The dilemma as to choose which sort of education. Right now our world is transitioning from one generation to another. And each of these generations are used to a very different idea when subjected to the word “education”. The previous generation has struggled through a lot to gain the basics of education, especially girls. Education was a very exotic idea back then, and this generation has never been able to grow out of that, On the other hand our generation, the generation which now presides mostly, thinks of education as a basic right, like food or water. So education is more, less frightening than it was to the previous generation. Hence anything new is welcome, and easy to adjust into. While the previous generation will be more prudent to make the shift as they think that this basic was itself so hard to get, why shift to something untested, or unworthy, or more accurately speaking, not proven worthy. Here is where the students will face a dilemma, when faced with these two very strong motions. Because both of these appeal to the human instincts. One, to not take risks. Two, curiosity. But as history has proved itself, more than once, that curiosity always leads to innovation! So though we need to be prudent, but knowledge has never harmed anyone! So we do what nature has been doing for centuries and evolve and hence assimilate this new era of education well, to reap it’s benefits!
- What positive changes do you think we might get from this new educational system?
This new era of education system, if ushered properly, will renew the dying faith of a student in the current education system. Though we all are aware, yet we choose not to see that what we are being taught and what actually is happening in a field where we would apply ourselves has a lot of discrepancy! It is nowhere even near! If a student emerging from this bookish education joins on field activity, he will drown in the current of advancement, as there is no straw to hold on to! The straw that should have been his education will utterly fail him! So instead of solely relying on this bookish education if a child chooses to widen his horizon and stumbles through the “internet of things” he will get up each time a more learned man than his colleagues. And if this very “extra push” is given entirely by the education system he is stuck inside, he will no more feel stuck, on the contrary, every interaction with this system will lead “voila!” This will give a mega boost to not only his self-esteem, but also to the emotion he holds towards the education system. So, in my frame, he will be turned from a frustrated engineer to a grateful student. Student because his curiosity will remain undying!
- What technological impact do you think might happen due to this revolution?
Every revolution has an impact on the participating race, and in this revolution it is the human race. So the impact has to be extensive. But what matters is whether the impact will bring about a better tomorrow for us? And my belief is that yes it will. This revolution will pave the way for a more educated and hence a more civilized generation. It will see the integration of the ramifications of all the scattered notions of fundamental rights. And hence tolerance will increase, and individuals will be able to work together harmoniously. Also it will see better and efficient workers with better knowledge base and hence if we look at the entire human race as one machine, the throughput will definitely be higher. And every being on this earth will have a place to exist as an entity and also as a contributor. It will encourage the inhabitants of this planet to display their ideas and innovations to a bigger audience, which will ensure diversified reviews. This is a better feedback. Implies a better scope for improvement. This revolution will harbor a holistic development of every student.
7. What are your views about Proctur?
Proctur will play an important role in integrating the student with the scattered online education system. It is like the graphical user interface (GUI) for educational system (the OS) and the students (the User). Proctur will be the ONE SOLUTION to everything for a student, the machinery that segregates the humongous mass of knowledge into sub-units fathomable by the students. And what is even better is that Proctur seeks to achieve that, and is not driven by the money in this sector of the industry. Hence the efficiency of this system won’t be compromised. Proctur is the platform that this generation was waiting for to justify online education to the previous generation.