Tips for higher education in the current situation for students and parents by Mr. Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO Indian School of Hospitality
One of the many things that has taken precedence during this lockdown is children’s education, especially when it comes to higher education. What is the impact the current lockdown will have on admission process, next semester and campus placements? What are the suitable college options amidst this lockdown? These are some of the questions that run through our minds each day.
Kunal Vasudeva, Chief Operating Officer, Indian School of Hospitality, shareshis tips on how parents and students can effectively utilize the move to the digital space to ensure the journey to higher education their children are not altered.
Explore options during lockdown
Institutions have initiated easy online accessibility in the face of lockdown – use this time wisely to learn about colleges and universities that are offering courses of your choice. Access their websites, read their reviews and gain information from education portals. As studying in foreign universities has become problematic due to the current situation, explore domestic institutions that are offering curriculums with international standards or have a tie-up with global universities. Many institutes in India have collaborated with foreign universities and colleges providing with options to pursue a semester abroad without moving away from home permanently.
Ask for access to their online classes
As colleges are moving to online learning, there will be more opportunities to explore classes before finally enrolling at an institute. Colleges and universities grant students an experience of academic life to help them make their decision. Being part of the curriculum, be it even for a short duration provides the students with an insight into the faculty, the methods of teaching and academic environment. This will also help to understand their connections in the relevant industry, and to check for guest speakers that may be a part of these online lectures and classes.
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Try a virtual campus tour
Did you know that with the world on lockdown, you can actually tour more college campuses than before? Institutes abroad and in India are offering virtual tours of their campuses which can be accessed through their official websites, social media channels or their newsletters. Tours are either interactive webpages or even live guided tours by a member of staff, letting you find out everything you have to know from the comfort of your own home.
Connect with existing students or join in live Q&A sessions
Connectivity through social media amongst today’s generation has added a new layer of interactivity between student and institute. For those curious applicants, many colleges are conducting live sessions with their current batch of students as hosts where they cover all aspects of the institution from student life, the food at college to extracurricular activities. It’s an interesting initiative where students get to discover more about their possible university and think about the years they will spend at that campus.
Request the admissions team for a video counseling appointment
It is only natural to wonder in these times as to what should one choose to study and where should he or she pursue it. With the changing landscape, it’s normal for most of us to have even more questions than usual. The positive news is, colleges understand this and are taking measures to comfort and reassure students and parents. Check your favorite colleges’ social media or emails to see if they offer video counseling sessions. A half an hour one on one session can be better to answer you queries and provide you information with the new admissions process than hours spent pouring over a traditional brochure!
To conclude, it’s absolutely normal to be anxious and to worry about what comes next. To be honest, while we can’t be too sure about tomorrow, we can be rest assured that companies and colleges across the world are working round the clock to ensure higher education is not interrupted and admissions remain open.As we find our way through these times to make informed and confident decisions, students and parents are equipped with the digital tools they need to connect with the faculty and institutes across India and the globe.
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