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Post-COVID challenges to education discussed at int�l webinar

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, July 3 - Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College�s Department of Education, in collaboration with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell, organised an international webinar on �Post Covid-19 educational challenges to Bali, Indonesia,� on July 2, stated a press release.

Dr Ni Putu Tirka Widanti, senior lecturer, Universitas Ngurah Rai, Bali, adjunct professor, Amity University, India, president Yayasan Kulkul, Audrey Shabbas, parent representative (Green School, Bali), and Budhi Sagita Wiratama, national principal, Middle School, Green School, Bali, attended the webinar.

Dr Ni Putu Tirka Widanti gave a brief account of Bali�s unique social and cultural environment with its 95 per cent Hindu population in a country having 95 per cent Muslim population. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bali�s tourism industry has incurred a huge loss with hundred per cent decrease in the number of visiting foreigners, she said. To deal with the educational challenges posed by the pandemic, online distant learning mode has been adopted by the schools of Bali as we as Indonesia, Dr Ni Putu added.

Budhi Sagita Wiratama observed that the pandemic has changed the learning expectations of students. Every student belongs to a different home and social environment, and while imparting education to them �we must be adjusted to their particular learning environment,� he said.

Earlier, inaugurating the webinar, principal of the college Dr Sikhamoni Konwar spoke on the maritime proximity along the Andaman Sea and ancient cultural linkage between Indonesia and India, one example being the great Indian epic the Ramayana being a major component in the Indonesian dance-drama tradition, especially in Java and Bali.

She also referred to the Indonesia�s national emblem, Garuda Pancasila, featuring the mythical bird vehicle of Lord Vishnu, two of the UNESCO world heritage sites, the Prambanan temple of Lord Siva, Borobudur Buddhist temple and Universitas Hindu Indonesia with its rooms and auditoriums named after mythical characters from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Such linkages go a long way in strengthening the ties between India and Indonesia, in view of the former�s Act East policy. Bali, culturally so identical with India, will definitely help us in managing the education system during this crisis in our context, Dr Konwar added.

The webinar was attended by 300 participants from Assam, India and abroad. The event was jointly coordinated by Dr Ranjan Kumar Bhatta, coordinator of the college�s IQAC, and Dr Daisy Nath Choudhury, assistant professor, Dept of Education. The vote of thanks was offered by Dr Daisy Nath Choudhury.

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Post-COVID challenges to education discussed at int�l webinar

GUWAHATI, July 3 - Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College�s Department of Education, in collaboration with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell, organised an international webinar on �Post Covid-19 educational challenges to Bali, Indonesia,� on July 2, stated a press release.

Dr Ni Putu Tirka Widanti, senior lecturer, Universitas Ngurah Rai, Bali, adjunct professor, Amity University, India, president Yayasan Kulkul, Audrey Shabbas, parent representative (Green School, Bali), and Budhi Sagita Wiratama, national principal, Middle School, Green School, Bali, attended the webinar.

Dr Ni Putu Tirka Widanti gave a brief account of Bali�s unique social and cultural environment with its 95 per cent Hindu population in a country having 95 per cent Muslim population. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bali�s tourism industry has incurred a huge loss with hundred per cent decrease in the number of visiting foreigners, she said. To deal with the educational challenges posed by the pandemic, online distant learning mode has been adopted by the schools of Bali as we as Indonesia, Dr Ni Putu added.

Budhi Sagita Wiratama observed that the pandemic has changed the learning expectations of students. Every student belongs to a different home and social environment, and while imparting education to them �we must be adjusted to their particular learning environment,� he said.

Earlier, inaugurating the webinar, principal of the college Dr Sikhamoni Konwar spoke on the maritime proximity along the Andaman Sea and ancient cultural linkage between Indonesia and India, one example being the great Indian epic the Ramayana being a major component in the Indonesian dance-drama tradition, especially in Java and Bali.

She also referred to the Indonesia�s national emblem, Garuda Pancasila, featuring the mythical bird vehicle of Lord Vishnu, two of the UNESCO world heritage sites, the Prambanan temple of Lord Siva, Borobudur Buddhist temple and Universitas Hindu Indonesia with its rooms and auditoriums named after mythical characters from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Such linkages go a long way in strengthening the ties between India and Indonesia, in view of the former�s Act East policy. Bali, culturally so identical with India, will definitely help us in managing the education system during this crisis in our context, Dr Konwar added.

The webinar was attended by 300 participants from Assam, India and abroad. The event was jointly coordinated by Dr Ranjan Kumar Bhatta, coordinator of the college�s IQAC, and Dr Daisy Nath Choudhury, assistant professor, Dept of Education. The vote of thanks was offered by Dr Daisy Nath Choudhury.

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