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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With better Internet bandwidths, the distribution of education would ease out and would change traditional modes of education by providing virtual academia well within the reach of isolated students.

Remotely situated students will not be obstructed by their geographical inaccessibility. There are no restrictions on options for the academic courses and an online educational service would help provide new interactive courses wherever the student is.

WizIQ, a provider of this facility, in a recent gathering at Delhi, discussed the opportunities of online education service providers and the challenges faced by them.

“The whole purpose of creating a premier conclave in the form of EdTech, was to bring together thinkers, innovators, industry experts, educators and content providers on a common platform. We are providing ‘do-it-yourself’ platforms to online education service providers across the globe,” said Harman Singh, Founder and CEO, WizIQ.

According to Aakash Chaudhary, Director, Aakash Education, “technology can enhance the abilities of teachers and make them more accountable. He said that technology can help teachers become better teachers.”

Focusing on some limitations of the technology, Vikalp Jain from Acadgild, an online-service provider, said, “Online courses don’t solve problems for majority of people. We have to bring a human element in online courses. Along with this, the duration of the online course plays an important role in retention of the student.”

These discussions took place to deliberate upon the view that “interaction is the way-forward” for enhancing the teaching culture in India.

Online courses are cheaper and more flexible as compared to offline courses, and are thus gradually gaining ground. The feature providers online are allowing students to access courses without the aid of any teachers. Though their doubts will be cleared once they submit their queries. Several start-ups are joining in and focusing on specific subject tutorials. Students are preparing for engineering and medical exams, completely on online mode.

“We try to provide private virtual teachers to every student through data sense driven engine. Our goal is to help students learn and score higher by identifying their weaknesses which could be related to time management, while appearing for exams, overcoming careless mistakes or gaining better clarity over concepts,” said Aditi Avasthi, CEO, Embibe.

Students are expected to be vastly benefited from this flexible and easily available mode of education.

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Robots May Be Able to Perform C-Sections Soon

These big, set-piece operations will become less common as we are able to intervene earlier and use more moderate interventions

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A newborn, one of 12 babies born by C-section, cries inside an incubator at the Bunda Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 12, 2012. VOA

Robotics are expected to become so sophisticated, hospitals may not need surgeons. Controlled by healthcare assistants, the machines will soon be delivering babies by carrying out C-sections as well as other surgeries, say experts.

The predictions are based on the report by the “Commission on the Future of Surgery” set up by the Royal College of Surgeons in 2017, the Daily Mail reported.

According to the report, the robots controlled by healthcare assistants such as technicians are expected to conduct vaginal surgeries and operations on the bowel, heart and lungs.

This will help advance diagnoses of illnesses like cancer before they destroy organs and, as a result, operations will be smaller in scale and less traumatic.

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FILE – A visitor shakes hands with a humanoid robot at 2018 China International Robot Show in Shanghai (VOA)

Even healthcare assistants — who do not need any formal qualifications to get a job — could one day be trained to perform C-sections with the robots, The Telegraph reported.

Specialists and surgeons will remain in charge of operations but may not always need to be in the room.

“This is always going to be under the watchful eye and careful supervision of a surgeon,” Richard Kerr, neurosurgeon at the Oxford University and Chair of the commission, was quoted as saying.

“These are highly qualified healthcare professionals and they will be trained in a specific aspect of that procedure.

“The changes are expected to affect every type of operation. This will be a watershed moment in surgery,” Kerr said.

While some applications of robots and DNA-based medicines are expected to happen sooner than others, those with healthcare assistant-led C-sections is possible within five years, the report said.

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These are highly qualified healthcare professionals and they will be trained in a specific aspect of that procedure. Flickr

However, the experts warn that the use of robots in surgery could be controversial. This is in light of an investigation which revealed that a 69-year-old man in Newcastle died when a robot was used to carry out his heart surgery in 2015.

The commission’s report also claims that major cancer operations could become a thing of past because screening DNA will pick up diseases earlier, before they ravage the body.

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Similarly, people with severe forms of arthritis could be identified early on and faster treatment might reduce the need for major hip and knee replacement ops.

“These big, set-piece operations will become less common as we are able to intervene earlier and use more moderate interventions,” said Professor Dion Mortonm, a member of the commission. (IANS)