PU to de­velop vir­tual cam­pus

HT Ludhiana Live - - In & Around - Vinod Ku­mar vinod. ku­mar1@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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