The Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 will have a far-reaching impact on higher education. "Entrance tests for engineering and architecture will be delayed," says Dr Swati Mujumdar, Pro-Chancellor, Symbiosis Skills and Professional University, Pune. She has noted some changes that may occur as a result of the COVID-10 crisis worldwide and how it will impact the Indian education sector.
"Students are likely to confused about the eligibility for admissions to various courses because of absence or delays of entrance tests and related decisions of the government. Payment potential shall get affected due to jobs getting lost, pay cuts, layoffs, and sectors getting closed. Students taking bank loans for funding education may increase, with affordability going down.
Students and parents may be more inclined towards low-fee courses, short-term courses, or online learning for quick re-skilling options. Hostel admissions may go down, as out of city students may not come back due to the Coronavirus threat and affordability. Parents will prefer their children staying at home and studying locally. Placements will see a huge dip but free internships may increase.
On the positive side, the number of students going abroad for masters or higher education may decline and therefore may look at options in India. Working professionals who may lose jobs or are likely to lose job may look at re-skilling through short-term courses.
New-age technologies will emerge significantly. Thus, the demand for courses in these technologies will rise. For universities, being equipped to run these courses at own premises will be the dire need of the future. Institutes like the Symbiosis Skills and Professional University who are running such skill-based courses is gearing up to meet the requirement of parents, students and society at large."