Equitable and Inclusive Education Innovation During the Covid-19 Lockdown: A Real Tribute to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar
Given the task of writing the ‘Innovative suggestion and ideas’ to all academic fraternity including students and teachers to boost e-learning and intensifying online education in India that has become the need of an hour during the long lockdown; with a campaign of “Bharat Padhe Online” initiated by Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development has inspired me to prepare this paper. This initiative is to ensure uninterrupted teaching/learning at home and to make productive use of the lockdown period.The online teaching learning focuses on minimizing the academic loss by leveraging the potential of ICT, on pooling of e-resources and enhancing the online education systems in the country. Hence, to make this noble initiative of on-line classes Universal and inclusive, as has been advocated by one of the finest educatorDr.B.R. Ambedkar. who relentlessly worked towards making ‘Right to Education’ be realistic by making it available to most deprived, discriminated and vulnerable sections of the society like Women, SCs, STs, and other backwardsections.There are several challenges to cherish Ambedkar’s vision of universal education based on ‘equity and inclusiveness.Hence, this paper gives few suggestions both on-linemodes along with cost effective measures like use of mass media to educate the children during lock down.