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E-learning & Tharparkar

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By: Sanjay Mathrani

It was expected that technology will storm the process of learning and with cost, time, and convenience advantages, e-learning will be extremely popular. Yet, so far it is not so encouraging. What is the future of e-learning in Pakistan, especially in rural areas of Southern Sindh?

See more than half a dozen students from multiple Universities including Sindh University, Mehran University, and Agriculture Unversity Tandojam have set up a tent 3 kilometers away from their village Bitri Thar at a sand-dune.

When asked Pardeep Gulab shared with Thar Education Alliance, he said that ‘we’re not against e-learning, it is not like that we haven’t intended to cover our semester course within the due time period, in this novel outbreak COVID-19 this is a good way to continue the academic system.

‘Moreover, the majority of the students from rural areas of Thar don’t have access to electricity, drinking water, proper communication system, and I’m sure that Universities will not come forward to sough out these issues, but they didn’t mention in their planning and prospectus that if such kinda disaster will attack then we’ll own these ways, it’s not the solution but a way forward can be.

E-learning has numerous positive attributes; it has disadvantages as well. Because there are many types of learners we realize some students do not function, being online on WhatsApp and Facebook doesn’t mean that zoom can easily be operated, number of telecommunication agencies are not paying a single penny for social packages but who will pay for data package? E-learning may be considered as a viable method in urban areas of the country, they expressed.

On the other side, some social activists raised the issue on Twitter by tagging telecommunication companies, Manoj Genani, a freelance journalist, tweeted that ‘telecom companies should come forward by providing internet devices free to students, so that they study by online classes.’

Some protested against online classes was also observed in the number of Tharparkar cities including Mithi, Islamkot, Diplo, Kaloi, and Nangarparkar. Students chanted slogans and demanded that universities must issue a notification after doing a case study on ground basis.

Chief Executive Officer, Thar Education Alliance, Partab Shivani expressed that ‘in the context of STEM technology is growing and taking space with the flow of time rapidly, ultimately we’ve to own this virtual and e-life.

”I believe we all agree that e-learning is here to stay. In addition, it is likely to grow worldwide. While there are some challenges to be overcome, the opportunities and advantages far outweigh the challenges. Properly used, the Internet provides up-to-date and unlimited resources, we can’t deny technology importance, the telecom companies may take serious this issue.’ Shivani concluded.

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  1. Ram kirshan says

    Good story.

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