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VVS’s Secretary Mukesh Nandan Says on the Impact of COVID-19 Over Education

Jharkhand: Vidya Vikas Samiti, a prominent educational organization that is currently running more than a thousand schools is being managed and handled by the secretary Mr. Mukesh Nandan who has worked staunchly amidst the arrival of the pandemic to provide the best achievable quality education to the students.

“Devoted My 22 years to VVS Jharkhand Since 1998”: VVS Secretary, Shree Mukesh Nandan     

Vidya Vikas Samiti is the managing committee of Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandirs. Mr. Mukesh Nandan is supervising this samiti with over 600 schools in Jharkhand alone. Apparently, he is honoring the post of State Secretary in Jharkhand since 2013. Recently on September 24, he achieved the position of state secretary in Bihar too.

Working for VVS since 1993, he started off with the post of Principal at a school in Munger. Further, he reached out to  Jharkhand in 1998, devoting his work and passion as a school inspector of VVS for the betterment of education in the state.

The Secretary of VVS, Mr. Mukesh Nandan said, “ We’ve worked throughout as a team to lift VVS as a quality education provider to the young generation. Though I’ve been working for VVS since 1993, we have always aimed to bring positive changes to the education sector of Bihar and Jharkhand. Our effort came out with flying colors in 1995 when the school got affiliated to CBSE.”

He further said, “At present, we provide both CBSE and Jharkhand Board schooling to the students. Also, we have kindergartens as  ‘Sishu Vatika’ which typically focuses on the all-round development of kids including their knowledge on letters, number, alphabets as well as their sense to taste and smell things accordingly for self-awareness.”

“Exclusively, we arrange sessions for the girl students who are at the age of puberty.  Finest guidance and assistance are given to them throuwith special planning,” he said.

The main focus of VVS is not limited to just providing educational development but also focuses on the holistic development of the students where they also acquire, cognitive skills, spiritual blaze and are introduced with harmonic development with the full-fledged disciplinary school environment.

Alongside, they are aiming to improve their result day by day for which consistent training is given to the teachers and educational sessions to the students.

Views of VVS’s Secretary on Education Amidst Pandemic

The editorial team of ‘The Air’ managed to conduct an interview session with the State Secretary of VVS, Bihar, and Jharkhand, Mr. Mukesh Nandan through which he expressed his points and concerns on education inculcating the online as well as the offline medium for the same.

We all know, ever since the arrival of COVID-19, following lockdown across cities and states in the nation, the education sector has been affected a lot. In all these hurdles, how did you manage the academic part of the students of VVS?

Though the teachers and other staff faculties were not familiar with technical knowledge. Yet they presented an excellent show of their dedication and effort to maintain the academic part of the students.  Online classes are being provided on regular basis, through WhatsApp, and other applications like Zoom, and Google Meet. Still, there are major differences between offline and online classes. Through online classes, we can’t have full control over the students as we’ve in offline classes.

Following this, there are schools in rural zones too where there is no such availability of smartphones. Therefore, post lockdown we have managed to conduct sessions for our students through the system named ‘Mohalla Pathshala’. Mohalla Pathshalas were organized in those areas adhering to the guidelines of social distancing where only 10-15 students were allowed in a class.

Due to the impact of the global pandemic, online education has been initiated extensively. All schools and colleges have started to adopt it as it has been the part of new normal now. What is your stance towards this? How will you handle that?

As the nation was going through the provision of online examinations and classes. We too have organized online exams for students. However, due to improper facilities of the internet to the students belonging to rural zone and non-technical knowledge, this time we have received only 40% success while conducting online examinations. The rest exams were conducted in offline mode.

Currently, most of our schools belong to the rustic zones, forcing us to go with an offline mode of conduction of examinations. Nevertheless, there has been no issue in coping up with online education and examination in urban areas.

Not all teachers and students were able to avail of the perks of online educations. Not all of them have access to the internet, especially in Jharkhand. What would you like to say about that? Should there be steps from the government side on providing internet facilities?

The government has taken steps to spread pipelines reaching each urban to the rural areas providing the internet facilities just as we have for electricity now. We’ve already raised issues before the Prime Minister regarding this. And I believe by time, this will be facilitated soon. Thereafter, all the students and parents too can enjoy the advantage of having the internet even in the rural zones.

Amidst all these, on July 29 the Ministry launched a “New Education Policy  2020” that needs to be implemented. Would you like to say something about that?

We’ve been into education since 1952 when we started Sishu Mandir Yojna. We started with a vision to provide education of the latest trend along with providing knowledge related to the homeland, culture, and ancestors who were great leaders, scientists, mathematicians, etc.

When Smriti Irani asked VVS about the coming national education policy. We recommended the language preference should also be given to regional languages too. This will help the students understand better and will contribute to the growth of the nation. The formula made in NEP for 5+3+3+4 by involving the mother tongue will be of great advantage. This new education policy will be of great benefit and will help especially the students of class 6 to 8 in academic as well as skill development.  Though people are standing against this new policy due to some political issues. But altogether, the new education policy is going to modify the education system to the best possible. However, the ones who are opposing this shall come and discuss on the policy than standing against it.

Apart from these, the policy is always going to benefit the college students in studying the subjects of their choice and change them without year loss.

Post-Lockdown, the schools, and colleges are now about to open partially with all precautionary guidelines. Concerning the safety of the student do you think the pupils will be able to follow social distancing wisely?

Even though the students belong to different areas and are young, still they are aware of this pandemic. There’s no doubt that the fear of COVID-19 has come to an end, yet schools haven’t opened here. Through online sessions, we are regularly guiding our students to the methods they should adopt. Like washing hands, using masks, maintaining social distancing, and all other steps required. We’ll allow only 50% of students to attend offline classes. Online classes will be given to the rest of the students. On the same hand, we are also taking similar other steps.

Somewhere, between online and offline education, the students especially the youths are ambiguous about their career. What message would you like to give them to stay motivated?

Students are aware of making their careers. They are acquiring the best possible benefits they should from the online classes and materials. But to be honest, even in online classes, they are doing irresponsible activities. Like attending class just for the sake and doing other activities than studying during class-time. The students should be responsible enough. They should study well at this time as the teachers are putting extra effort into the online class.

Apparently, teachers can make online classes more interactive. It in turn will help them to boost the studies of students by questioning them during the classes by taking their names. Each student and teacher needs to put extra effort into online education.

According to your vision, when do you think the schools will open? Do you think the parents/guardians will send them to school considering the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, parents will send them to school for studies even though they are extra concerned about their kids. However, they will have to send this in writing. Also, will guide their children to come to school safely following social distancing. The schools are likely to open from Dec-Jan according to me. However, it all depends on the decision of the state government.

From the school’s perspective, grade B schools(non-affiliated) are facing disruption in their financial segment. Can you please present your views on that?

Yes, this has been the major concern as even some parents are unwilling to send fees since lockdown. We were seeking loans from the banks but till now there is no such facility for private schools.

However, we at VVS  have not put any pressure on the parents. We have also provided free education and receives 20 to 40 % of the only tuition fee. But for now, we have just made a single request to the parents. To not stop the education of their children as it will affect them adversely.


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