GNDU has taken proactive steps to overcome the impasse in academic -VC
Gurpreet Kaur/ royalpatiala.in/ Amritsar
The nationwide lockdown to contain the global COVID pandemic has been enforced by the government thus affecting the normal academic activity which relies on class room teaching. The Guru Nanak Dev University has taken proactive steps to overcome the impasse in academic schedule amid the current situation by providing an alternative in form of using digital media for disseminating study material to the students. Under the able guidance of Vice Chancellor Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, University has pioneered in implementing the future teaching and learning technologies for the benefit of student community at this time. Digital medium as well as various online platforms viz. Google classroom, zoom, Moodle etc. apart from the usual popular media such as Whatsapp, email, YouTube are being effectively utilised to engage the students productively in the academic activities. The students at the university have all along been motivated to use various online platforms like Swayam, Nptel, NEAT, YouTube etc. In the current situation, the students are being counselled to use these resources aggressively to overcome the void created in absence of regular classes. In addition, phone numbers of the faculty members have been shared with the students. Study material in the form of presentations, PDFs and word documents are being circulated and a record of the delivery of study material to the students is being maintained at departmental level by all the HoDs. Other than this, the university has also provided its post graduate students and research scholars access to its digital library.
The Vice Chancellor said, “I am extremely happy that the faculty is utilizing the lockdown period productively by regularly engaging with the students through various platforms and sharing study material in form of lectures, audios, videos, presentations, notes and online reference material”. “I am in constant communication with the heads of all the teaching departments through WhatsApp and zoom meetings and taking regular feedback” said Prof. S. S. Behl, Dean Academic Affairs. The university plans to ensure that the teaching activity continues according to the academic calendar in the interest of the students.
The vice Chancellor expressed his appreciation for the diligent effort by teachers to rise up to the occasion in these trying times.