Online classes cannot inspire young minds: Prof. C N R Rao
Bengaluru[ maha media ] Eminent scientist Prof. C N R Rao on Monday spoke out against introducing online classes for children in view of the COVID-19-induced close-down of schools, underlining the importance of human interface for good communication and inspiring young minds.
He made no secret of his displeasure over easing of a slew of restrictions under new guidelines ‘Unlock 1.0’, indicating that these steps may have come too early.
“I have no doubt that the eventual solution will be a vaccine (for COVID-19). I feel that (it) may be available early in 2021”, Prof. Rao, the Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research told a news agency.
His main worry is about relaxing most of the restrictions in “such a hurry (after lockdowns 3 and 4)”. “We have to rethink issues, take urgent steps to minimise the spread (of the coronavirus), the National Research Professor stressed.
Most of all, he is shocked by the indiscipline of even “educated people” in the fight against the COVID-19. “We must realise that we are basically not disciplined. He said people in Sweden practice social distancing without anyone to force it”.
“I am not an enthusiast about online teaching. We need a human interface with students for good communication. That is how young minds can be inspired”, said Prof.