Academicians and policy makers deliberate on ‘Reopening of Schools: When, Where and How’ in a webinar organized by ASSOCHAM …ASSOCHAM organized a webinar today on the pertinent issue of ‘Reopening Schools: When, Where and How’ today. More than 1000 educators, academicians, and policy makers were a part of the discussion. Among those present on the occasion were Mr. Deepak Sood, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM; Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President, MREI and Chairman of ASSOCHAM’s National Council on Education; Mr. Moses Oriko, Academic Principal, ULink College, China; Ms. Neena Kaul, Director & Principal, Heritage Xperimental Learning Schools; Dr. Aishah Siddiqua, Director & Principal, Dubai National School; Ms. Divya Lal, MD, FlipLearn Education; Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Co-Chairman of ASSOCHAM’s National Council on Education; Mr. Vineet Gupta, Co-Chairman of ASSOCHAM’s National Council on Education; and Mr. Neeraj Arora. Our President Dr. Prashant Bhalla said: “Education as a whole has seen a change that was unparalleled, we have seen changes happening which we haven’t seen in decades. The most positive outcome has been that IT became an enabler and all teachers took this pandemic as an opportunity to ensure seamless delivery of academics. In the current situation, all stakeholders are averse to opening schools unless the curve gets completely flattened. Each state today has come up with a different policy on reopening of education institutes. However we would request government bodies and CBSE to work on a unified policy for the purpose”. The panelists also shared examples of how schools in Japan, UAE, Norway and Sweden have been addressing the challenge. They suggested reviewing the course curriculum for online delivery of education as the entire teaching pedagogy is seeing a major change for the next one year from classroom based education to technology based education.