IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Has the COVID-19 pandemic accentuated inequality in the higher education sector?

24 November 2020, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

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This webinar will draw on evidence from India to show how the online mode of teaching and learning has failed to bring about effective participation.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Centre for Global Higher Education

The pandemic led lockdown has severely disrupted the Indian economy, and the education sector is perhaps one of the worst hit sectors.

As a fallout of the pandemic, educational institutions were forced to remain shut and even after more than seven months, it is highly uncertain when they will resume classes in the regular mode. 

Higher education institutions struggling to connect with the student community quickly shifted to the online mode. Interestingly, most of them acknowledge the prevalence of digital divide in India, yet its exclusionary potential has perhaps escaped notice. 

Further, the massive job loss has adversely impacted the paying capacity of households; possibly forcing students to abandon higher education.

This talk will draw on available data to show how the online mode of teaching and learning has created a false notion of reaching out to the student community, and inadvertently discriminating against those unable to join the virtual classroom.


  • Nivedita Sarkar, Ambedkar University Delhi


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