PU to develop virtual campus
CHANDIGARH: The Panjab University campus is going virtual. The varsity is in process of setting up virtual classrooms to facilitate teaching and selflearning.
The project is supported by National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology.
PU computer centre director K Tankeshwar said a studio would be set up at the computer centre with an expected cost of nearly Rs 25 lakh.
Live lectures delivered by teachers will be recorded and later made available on the university website in text, video and audio formats. All the recorded material will be available for download.
The provision of video con- ferencing and online electronic resources will also be available. Chat rooms will be created to help students and teachers to communicate and discuss various topics. The students will have to register online to attend the lectures, which will be delivered as per timetable.
With no geographical barriers, Tankeshwar said virtual classrooms would be of help to the students residing in different parts of the country.
Last year, Panjab University Campus Students' Union (PUCSU) had submitted a memorandum to the authorities to initiate the system.
"The facility will be a boon to students as it will provide them freedom to learn things at their pace and explore new aspects, which is not possible in traditional classrooms," PUCSU president Pushpinder Sharma said.
The system will also enhance the knowledge of faculty members.
"Teachers will have to come well prepared for the lectures as the target audience is not known. Those attending the live lectures can be from any part of the country and can ask any question," Tankeshwar said.
The university has issued a circular among the faculty members. So far more than 50 teachers have agreed to be a part of the new system. All the contributors will be paid fixed remuneration per lecture.
"We have received a positive response from teachers, which is a good sign," said Tankeshwar, who is of the opinion that the system will help the teachers to overcome their reluctance in using information technology.