Press coverage: “Varanasi’s gurus go online for their foreign shishyas,” Times of India, 17 August 2013.
While e-classrooms are not a new concept, it’s only recently that international students who used to come to Varanasi to learn music and Indian languages have turned to city-based gurus to teach them online. Binit Kumar Mishra, language instructor who runs a language school at Assi Ghat, spends a considerable time holding video classes via Skype. “There has been a nearly 60% increase in my students since the time I opened up to technology. This course, which is for both beginners and advanced learners, has a lot of takers who are unable to be present for the classes due to various reasons. We hold e-classes on one-on-one basis, so that students are able to speak and write the language fluently. Though we have students from all over the world, a huge chunk is from the US. That’s because a large number of exchange programmes are being run between the governments of both these countries and students who wish to visit India in future, prefer to learn the language in advance,” he says.
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