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Why NEP's emphasis on distance and technology-based learning is necessary

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The New Education Policy has made several welcome recommendations, which, if implemented in the right manner shall bring about much good in education. Amongst such recommendations is the necessary emphasis on distance and technology-based learning.

If India truly wishes to bring about good and effective education to empower the masses then it has to offer technology-based learning platforms. For the next few decades, given the staggering numbers of youth aspiring to gain access to school and college education, it is almost impossible for central and state agencies to create the requisite and traditional physical infrastructure. Unfortunately, education, which is provided through technology-based platforms is generally looked down upon by educators and the lay public.

Existing myths

I have noticed with disappointment that an online degree or qualification does not carry much weight in India when it comes to hiring by private and corporate institutions. There are so many misconceptions that need to be dispelled in this context. Let me bring to the fore my conclusions on the matter of face to face or in-person learning experiences. I have made my conclusions on the quality of these face to face learning experiences of a staggeringly large number of individuals through extended personal interactions. I have, on clear and close questioning, found that each of these individuals has responded in a near-uniform pattern. They........

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