Pune varsity plans virtual classrooms to overcome shortage of teachers

To overcome shortage of quality teaching staff in colleges, the University of Pune (UoP) has planned a 'virtual classroom' project that would facilitate simultaneous e-learning sessions in over 600 affiliated colleges. The hi-tech initiative, which is expected to start by March, also aims at carrying out teachers' training programme in an effective manner.

UoP Vice-Chancellor Dr Wasudeo Gade told Newsline on Monday, "The main control room of the project which will be located on the university campus will have state-of-the-art facilities. Satellite technology will be used to establish links with affiliated colleges for conducting e-learning sessions. At the receiving end, colleges need to have a simple set including a computer, Internet connectivity and television to receive the transmission from the university control room."

Board of College and University Development (BCUD) director Dr V B Gaikwad said the project has a financial outlay of Rs 5 crore.

Elaborating on the benefits of the project, Gade said, "We will be inviting acclaimed resource persons of national and international repute to deliver their knowledge and expertise during the e-learning sessions. Two-way interaction during these sessions would promote the quality of education. Thus at one go, we could reach out to affiliated colleges and disseminate latest from the field of knowledge."

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