While the world is racing towards a technology-driven education system for a better learning and teaching experience, the Department of Pre-University Education has taken a step backwards by asking PU colleges to stop using electronic media to teach students. The department opines that electronic media kills teacher-pupil bond. 

Talking to Bangalore Mirror, C Shika, Director of the PU Board, said, “PU colleges are not allowed to use any resource agency for delivery of content apart from its teachers. Some colleges are using the Internet and other electronic media as teaching aids. These acts will be strictly taken into account.”

Students these days have become extremely tech-savvy. They share notes over Whatsapp, use Gmail to submit assignments and use laptops for presentations. The diktat from PU board is bound to hamper the students’ growth.

Dhanush Sivadas, Assistant Professor of Economics, Acharya Institute of Graduate Studies, said to Asianet Newsable, “Many resources are available on the internet. There are open libraries and subject-related articles on the web. Teachers can instruct students better with these resources. We follow the new implementation of studying where seminars and presentations are an important part of teaching. So it wrong to say that electronic media must not be used in the classroom.”

A recommendation by Karnataka Jnana Aayoga on educational technologies and satellite-based education for higher education in Karnataka had emphasised on smart classes with each classroom having a digital projector, a laptop to display slides, videos and other e-content, powerful audio systems and internet connection with at least 5Mbps shared bandwidth.

A student of Acharya Institue, Sreerag K Nair, told Asianet Newsable, “Students use laptops to learn new applications and use Google in their day-to-day assignments. Even when the teachers do not use it, students learn from these applications. I think it will be better if the practice continues.”

In a digital age when the government is encouraging the use of technological to keep up with the times, this diktat comes as a regressive step for the pre-university education department.