Phagu Chauhan, Governor-cum-Chancellor of universities had directed higher education institutes to streamline online education by consulting expert committee since universities and colleges would reopen only after the joint decision by Central and Bihar government.
“Online education is continued as supplementary and complementary to offline education even when the educational institutions open after the lockdown,” comments Ram Anugrah Narayan Singh, Additional Secretary, highlighting how colleges should plan their curriculum in wake of the pandemic.
Chauhan’s directive was sent to the Vice-Chancellors of different universities.
The government has made it clear that higher education should be prepared for a prolonged closure of campuses. Earlier this month, Chauhan had announced that VCs should collaborate with district administrations for sanitising the campuses for commencing classes and conducting examinations, an idea that seems far-fetched now.
Bihar government has asked universities to come with online interactive classes. Notifications of such classes should be clearly displayed on college/university websites along with links to help students to navigate the sites easily. At present, the lack of accessibility of e-classes and education content by students remains a looming crisis.
“The students may also be conveyed information about the classes separately through email groups, groups on social media, etc. It has been noticed that hitherto the mechanism of interactive online classes has not been used sufficiently by the institutions. Subject-wise and topic-wise video lectures should be uploaded either on the respective websites or other channels such as YouTube, Facebook etc with links available on websites” Chauhan has said
The government has ordered the VCs to send quality e-content to Additional Secretary Raj Bhawan besides sharing the same with other universities. “If some e-content is found to be sub-standard, steps may be taken to get them revised or upgraded.”