Are college fees amidst Covid19 relevant ?
And the answer is NO !!
Shocking, right ?
Before explaining the reason, let me take you guys to the base of this topic.
You might be aware of the pandemic situation created from the starting of March 2020. An airborne disease called Corona outbreak in China on 30th Jan 2020, where it’s first case was
reported. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause disease in both animals and humans. This is caused by 1acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2).
The virus causes coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19). And cough, sneezing and rise in temperature are the main symptoms. And the statistics of the latest report says that vomiting is also now added in the list of symptoms.
The new strain of coronavirus likely originated in bats or pangolins. The first transmission to humans was in Wuhan, China. Since then, the virus has mostly spread through person-to-person contact.
Till now, there are a total 936K cases confirmed, out of which, 592K people have been recovered and 24,309 people died in India, says the statistical report. Now you can imagine how
dangerous the virus is, and what impacts it could have caused.
The Covid19 spread to such extent, that it urged our honorable Prime Minister Modi to take a decision of lockdown which has caused several impacts. Almost every field has been impacted.
The stock market came down as there were restrictions on the transportation due to lockdown. Even in companies, employees are currently working from home. While some companies are
reducing the number of employees which is increasing unemployability.
The education field has been affected the most due to corona. Because due to lockdown, colleges and schools are shut. The career of students is right now conundrum. There is huge dispute going on for conduction of final year exams, although 10th and 12th CBSE exams have been conducted. So, amidst this pandemic, offline education is not possible. Thus, the focus is on online education.
Guys, what do you think ?
What is online education ?
How beneficial is it and to what extent ?
Online education is the education taken from home, then it may be using websites or installing some android apps. All schools and colleges are switching to online education. Online learning,
or virtual classes offered over the internet, is contrasted with traditional courses taken in a brick-and-mortar school building. It is the newest development in distance education that began
in the mid-1990s with the spread of the internet and the World Wide Web.
The vast majority of institutions utilize a Learning Management System for the administration of online courses. As theories of distance education evolve, digital technologies to support learning and continue to transform as well.
What I observed in these 4 months, ZOOM application is mostly preferred by schools and colleges for taking online classes. Over there, students need to put a meeting id and password
provided by the organisation. Attendance is taken by teachers and the classes are conducted for about 3 to 4 hours.
Following are some benefits of this type of education :
a. No need to visit colleges :
You don’t need to visit college and take education by sitting at
b. Take education from home :
You can take education from home which will save your lot’s of
c. Decide your own time :
You can decide yourself, at what time you will sit and get up.
d. Make your own timetable :
You can choose which subject to do first, at what time to sit,
according to your own convenience.
e. Save your time :
As you don’t need to go to college and then again return home where a lot of time gets wasted, hence online education saves your time and money as well.
Sounds good, right !!
But as we say, every coin has 2 sides. Even the best technology and evolving and most trending digital technology has disadvantages. And following are some of it’s disadvantages:
a. No face to face interaction :
In online education, there is no face to face interaction. Only
virtual interaction takes place.
b. No practical demonstration for clearing your doubts :
If during any lecture, you have any doubts then they can be cleared theoretically. So you don’t get any practical demonstration for clearing your doubts.
c. May create a sense of isolation :
Online education may create a sense of isolation. This
means, you can’t meet your friends and have fun with them. So you have to take solo education, which gives you a feeling of loneliness and constant lectures make you feel bored.
d. Affect your eyes :
You can take lectures on either mobile or laptop. So you have to
continuously stare at the screen. This continuously staring at the screen can badly affect your eyes.
And this is all about the pandemic and why we need online education.
Now, coming back to the root of the topic,
Are college fees amidst Covid19 relevant ?
Guys, what is your opinion regarding this topic ?
Do college fees really make balance amidst this pandemic ?
Colleges are taking online education via ZOOM meeting for about 3 to 4 hours. Traditionally, college for about 7 hours according to my observations. And if we exclude the 2 breaks, then colleges are for about 6 hours.
My question is, can the knowledge taught in 6 hours be covered in 4 hours ?
Yes, obviously the knowledge taught in 4 hours can be covered in 4 hours. Because practicals are conducted for about 2 hours. And theory lectures are conducted for about the rest 4 hours. So, in online education, theory lectures may be conducted for 2 to 3 hours. And the practicals may be conducted in the rest of time by sharing the screen.
Our college fee structure includes primarily tutor and practical labs fees. And secondarily some other facilities of college. Of which tutor fees are consumed successfully when lectures are
conducted in online classes. But what about practical lab fees. It’s totally not being consumed during the lockdown phase and online education. If the practical labs are not being used by
students, then why are fees charged for no reason ? Also, if we are not going to college then why are fees for college facilities charged ?
I see no balance of fees in this.
Do you ?
What do you think, what action should be taken against this ?
According to me, all parents of the respected college should hold meetings with teachers and should complain about the problem. Then maybe teachers would discuss the problem to the highest authority and can find a solution over the problem. If they deny to reduce the fees, then parents can request teachers to introduce a new course or can assign projects to students and use the extra fees over there. Projects have a deep importance in careers. Also they can give paid internships to students and utilize the extra fees over there. Paid internships provide training to interns, which can be useful and they can be comfortable in the jobs in future.
So, in this way many other solutions can be proposed for this problem. Thus, college fees can be balanced in these many ways. The big advantage of these solutions proposed and more to be proposed is that they meet our goals, i.e., utilize the extra fees taken by college in an efficient way. And maintains the balance of college fees.
Name : Titiksha Amol Desai
Institute : Kolhapur Institute Of Technology, Kolhapur