I read a report released recently by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) which stated that Indian Internet infrastructure in terms of technology, connectivity and signal is really not completely ready for a shift to online learning platforms by students, teachers and educational institutions across India. In view of the Covid-19, almost all the education institution has been using somewhat digital platforms for classes. Therefore, there are several issues arising with regard to this is faced by our students and teachers while taking e-classes.
Recently something bizarre happened in West Bengal state of India. As you may know, all schools, colleges, universities and coaching centers in India are closed due to the lockdown. Teachers are teaching children online. Some people are facing challenges of poor network and internet in their delivery of classes. Due to this problem in West Bengal, a teacher is forced to climb a tree and teach children.
Mr Subrata, a teacher who hails from a small countryside village in Bankura district due to slow internet speed, he sets up his workspace on a tall tree so that he could take online classes without network interruption. He made a small platform like shelter using some bamboo, iron nails and threads spreading carpet on it. Installed his phone and put some books beside. He shared that he don not get proper mobile network everywhere in our village. The Mobile tower is quite far from the village. Thus, for better connectivity and smooth flow of internet data, Mr Subrata sets up his workspace on the tall tree where his mobile receives fair signal.
Mr Subrata climbs the tree at 9:30 am for the first class after heavy breakfast and brings some water and snacks along with him on the tree. His classes end at 6 pm in the evening. All day long, Mr Subrata sits on the tree. Teachers like Mr Subrata may be considered as an icon and inspiration for others; however this has also led to the question of India’s internet infrastructure. It may be a distant dream for all of us to get shifted to a complete reliance on the online platform for delivery of classes & meetings.
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