Amidst this higgledy-piggledy circumstance where commutation implies facing the inevitable death, the educational infrastructures are facing the most haphazard instances. Tackling the odds, the pre-eminent Ramanuj Gupta Memorial Charitable Trust, Silchar has taken the initiative to impart education through online classes and accordingly pioneered the introduction of android apps namely ‘Ramanuj Vidya Mandir’, ‘Ramanuj Gupta Junior College’ and ‘Ramanuj Gupta Degree College’ in Barak Valley.
In a conversation with the honourable President of Ramanuj Gupta Charitable Trust, Silchar, Mr. Rudra Narayan Gupta, the Copy Editor of Cachar Chronicles, George Paul asked the following questions which were answered by him and are mentioned underneath.
1. How do you see this pandemic with respect to education? Is it a blessing in disguise or a ruthless curse?
Ans.: It’s a curse, as this pandemic has caused a dent in the entire education system as students are not getting access to that education which were imparted in the conventional classes. So, we have thought of starting it in a very indigenous way without referring to other vendors of online education service.
2. Why to choose a local app developer?
Ans.: We could have approached to the lionized app developers from metropolitan cities but the only reason behind the selection of a local app developer was to promote local talent. Moreover, the developer of the app was really cooperative.
3. Whose ground-breaking decision was this? In making of the app by whom was it funded?
Ans.: The credit goes to the Ramanuj Gupta Memorial Charitable Trust, Silchar in general. Initially before this pandemical scenario, the local vendor had approached to us and the college app was supposed to be made not for online classes but for the attendance records and assessment purpose to ensure accountability.
4. Who was the developer of the app?
Ans.: It’s a local app developer from Silchar named “Dream Web Services”.
5. How far is this process possible for the Indian Education System in future?
Ans.: India is capable enough for adopting this mode of education as every crisis brings opportunities. The conventional mode of education is very important for the overall development of a student but at the same time, the online mode cannot be ignored. Online mode of education has got several positive parts, students can get access to the study materials any time and can listen to the explanations over and over again. Also, students who feel embarrased to ask questions in front of the entire class are also getting benefited through this mode.
6. Is this mode not a kind of discrimination between the rich and the poor, especially in India?
Ans.: To a certain extent you are right but technically it’s not a division between the haves and the have nots, rather it acts as divide between the students of urban areas and rural areas, as there is shortage of internet connectivity in rural areas so as a citizen I suggest that the government must come up with robust digital infrastructures and initiatives so that the poorest of the poor and students from the most remote regions can avail these facilities. Of course this can’t be solved overnight as government is tackling the issues of healthcare presently. As government is open to ideas so, if maximum of the private sectors come up with innovative ideas, then the government is bound to avail these in the public sectors too.
7. A few students were noticed opposing the payment of fees for the online classes, what is your reply to them?
Ans.: It’s really disheartening to explore humble students getting involved in such regards. Firstly, ours is a private sector so the fee structure will be naturally more than that of government sectors but then too we have given many relaxations regarding the payment of fees, payment can be done in parts too, need not necessarily pay the entire amount at a time. Secondly, even if there are any problems faced by the parents even after the provided flexibility in the payment of the fees then they can approach to us.
8. How strong is the encryption of the online payment through the apps?
Ans.: (The answer was provided by the developer of the app, Abhishek Choudhury) We are taking the support of ‘HDFC Bank’ and ‘PayUMoney’, both have the encryption strength of ‘SHA 256’ which is the highest possible encryption strength these days and our server has ‘TLS 1.2’, which is highly secured. Nothing gets stored in the app as the details will be entered in the bank server and there is no risk of the leakage of information from a renowned bank like HDFC.