UoP plans virtual classrooms to overcome shortage of teachers

University of Pune

Varsity's Rs 5-crore e-learning sessions will benefit 600 affiliated colleges

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."

Gade said special educational modules and content were being devised for the project. A special technical committee, headed by BCUD director Gaikwad, has been constituted by the University to ensure effective execution of the 'virtual classroom' project.

The UoP has around 612 affiliated colleges in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar districts with over 2 lakh students, who would be direct beneficiaries of the 'virtual classroom' project.

"The University Grants Commission (UGC) is providing most of the funds for the project, while the rest would be raised through the university," Gaikwad said, adding that preparations were on in full swing to meet the March deadline.

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