The challenge that confronts the education system in India, today, is a shortage of trained teachers. According to a Technopak Education Outlook report, “India will require 6 million more teachers by 2020 to attain the world average in terms of student-teacher ratio. This would mean a requirement to train 0.75 million teachers per annum, as against this the total capacity of all B.Ed. colleges currently, which is only 0.25 mn per annum.”
In this context, telepresence is proving to be revolutionary for imparting quality education across the spectrum and breaking the physical barriers in learning, points out Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Research & Development (WeSchool).
WeSchool is a strong supporter of innovation. Not only does it take inspiration from new technology, it embraces new technology as well. The premier B-School is tech-savvy and this even reflects in how classroom learning is imparted. WeSchool provides virtual classroom sessions where lectures are delivered by learned professors from the campus studio to thousands of Welingkarites across campus. Since the technology allows a larger number of students to attend live sessions and interact with learned professors than a physical classroom, it successfully addresses the issue of the scarcity of good faculty and the difficulty of making them available at the right place, at the right time. “In case a student is not able to attend virtual classroom lectures, he can still refer to WeLecture, where video lectures are uploaded on all subjects,” informs Dr. Uday Salunkhe.