Given the diversity in our institutions and challenges faced by them, Indian HEIs cannot rely on a one-size-ﬁts-all strategy.
Inference: Given the large number of institutions, we will have to appreciate the associated diversity and acknowledge that we will need to build Academic Continuity Plans (ACPs) to suit the breadth of diversity, and therefore, there may not be a standardised one-size-fits-all approach. However, based on the commonality of various resources required across institutions, centralised resource management can help streamline operations and reduce the associated costs. Therefore, this will require complex administration to ensure effective planning and implementation.
Inference: A large proportion of the HEIs are privately managed. The financial implications of the pandemic may be severe for them as they are self-funded and depend on student tuition fees which in turn may be constrained in itself by the financial implications of the pandemic across all households. HEIs will need to identify cost-effective strategies to continue the education programmes, and develop an academic continuity strategy and implementation which does not add to their financial burden, and identify innovative funding tools to ensure continuity. Any negative consequences arising from constrained financial health of these private HEIs will have implications for millions of students currently enrolled in these institutions. Therefore, the government and the regulators might consider extending their support to private HEIs as well.
Given the large number of institutions, we will have to appreciate the associated diversity and acknowledge that we will need to build Academic Continuity Plans (ACPs) to suit the breadth of diversity.