Date From : May 13, 2020To : May 14, 2020

The seminar will be hosted on a virtual platform from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and the link through which you can join the webinar.

The nationwide lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a burst of activity with regards to online education. The HRD Ministry’s platforms such as SWAYAM and the National Digital Library have seen a five-fold increase in daily traffic during the first week of lockdown. The HRD Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal, has encouraged educational institutions to embrace online education to the extent possible. In the metros, private schools appear to have taken the lead in switching over to online classes. However, many teachers and students are still grappling with the digital transition. Universities too have pointed out that they are not ready and that many of their students do not have access to the Internet.

The infrastructure for online education in India — connectivity, platforms, and content, has been growing steadily since the 1990s. However, its spread is largely incumbent on Internet penetration through affordable data plans from the telecom sector.

What has been the experience gained so far from the sudden transition to online classes?


Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director — Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, QS Quacquarelli Symonds and CEO, QS IGAUGE Rating

Sahana Murthy, Professor, Interdisciplinary Programme in Education Technology, IIT Bombay

Shakila Shamsu, Officer on Special Duty (New Education Policy), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, GoI

V. Sridhar, Professor, Centre for IT and Public Policy, IIIT Bangalore


Leena Chandran Wadia, Senior Fellow, ORF