The progress made in the field of higher education in the last hundred years has given all-round progress to the human civilization globally. But since last March, this wheel of promotion of higher education has come to a standstill. According to UNESCO, today 25 million youth in 191 countries have been traditionally deprived of higher education and about 120 crore children. Clearly, the epidemic has caused more damage to the world’s economy, business, employment, agriculture and traffic than it has done to higher education and schooling.
In India too, due to corona, the high speed of higher education has stopped from 16 March. There is silence in one thousand universities and 55 thousand colleges across the country. This horrific crisis on higher education, which is like a tsunami or earthquake, will affect different sections of society in different ways. The affluent section of the society will easily combat this situation, because the parents of this section have the appropriate means of teaching their children at home. But the problem is that of the middle class and the lower class, who neither have adequate financial resources nor such contacts, which can help their children in good colleges. The problem of these classes has also deepened, Because Corona has a terrible impact on their employment and business. Such parents have been trying hard to get good education for their children by working hard day and night. They hope that their children will get a good job by getting admission in a good college or university. But now there is a situation of worry, anguish and despair among such crores of families, because they do not know what will happen to higher education now and how will higher education be done after the end of the Kovid-19 crisis? 
Due to the way the epidemic has caused huge damage to the economy of India like most countries of the world, due to this, millions of families of middle class and poor sections have started feeling that it is too heavy to arrange necessary expenses to stay alive. If it is, then where will we raise money for education? Many families used to take education loan from government and private banks, but now there are many obstacles due to the lockdown.
The Kovid-19 crisis will be especially fatal for the poor sections. In our educational institutions, you will find millions of students, who have been collecting their education expenses by doing small jobs or teaching tuition etc. Today, the small employment and part-time work of these young men and women is in danger. It has become difficult for millions of rural and town youth to study and live in rented houses in the city. Therefore, attention should be paid to the policy makers of higher education first. It has the spirit to move forward by reading and writing, but does not have the proper means. 
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, UGC and AICTE announced the conduct of classrooms, practicals, oral examinations, admission process, opening of campus and online access to students, teachers and staff to colleges and universities in the period of lockdown declared due to Kovid-19 Detailed guidelines have been issued to prevent corona infection. It is clear from these guidelines how classes, exams and admissions will be done, but it is not stated how the youth of poor families living in remote villages and towns of India will be able to gather smartphone and internet connectivity. The 
Online learning has been associated with traditional face-to-face teaching in the global experiences of higher education so far. But Kovid-19 has turned it upside down. Now online learning has become the main and traditional teaching has to play its supporting role. In today’s circumstances, when more than 10 crore people have lost their jobs and jobs, online education in India will enable people belonging to disadvantaged sections to get quality higher education? 
Kovid-19 has severely affected the economic-social system of around 200 countries of the world. This will also have a major impact on the internationalization of higher education. In the last three decades, the trend of students going to foreign universities has increased rapidly. Before the outbreak of Kovid-19, every year around 7.5 million students used to go to another country to pursue higher education. There is a possibility of a huge reduction in this. UNESCO estimates that this number may decline by up to 50 percent. Every year about two lakh students from India are going around the world for higher education, while only 50 thousand foreign students come to study here. Both these numbers are expected to fall very much now. Apparently, now people will like to pursue higher education near their home and in their country.
The question is, what should be done now to keep India’s higher education and its quality level? First of all, there is a need to provide financial relief to poor students, educational institutions and teachers. Education loans should be given to poor students without interest from banks, now its interest rate is 10-12 percent. Similarly, the rate and number of scholarships should also be increased. Government of India, by contracting with a company to make such a cheap smartphone, which can be found for five-six thousand rupees. Improvement of internet connectivity in small cities, towns and villages is very important. But all this will be possible only if the budget allocation of the central government is increased by at least 50 thousand crore rupees in the financial year 2020-21.


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