Gurugram, 28th March 2020: The nationwide lockdown due to Pendomic Covid-19 has initially thrown higher education in deep crisis but the universities and very many colleges in India have been able to adopt Online teaching from home. It is all the more gratifying that the young students have found Online Classes both interesting and greatly satisfying, says eminent Academician Prof PB Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Amity University, Gurugram.
At Amity University, Gurguram the use of technology in education was already well integrated in our education innovations and almost the entire academic management was on IT savvy Amity Itranet *Amizone* that is the backbone of Amity academic and administrative e- governance.
Further, the Amity University, Gurugram has a long experience of online classes that were going on years for great many African Countries live from its e-education studio at Amity University Noida.
The IT team of Amity has made excellent arrangements for conduction online classes in all its Amity Universities across India utilising Microshort Teams, Microsoft LMS, Zoom meetings of HoIs and faculty and also trained its faculty in all the Amity Universities for use of e-platforms and the LMS system.
This prior preparation came quite handy to smoothly switch over to conduct Online Classes from home, the minute the university was closed ever since March 14th.
As per the online reports being received from various institutions in Amity University, Gurugram, the attendance of students in online classes is almost 90-95%, more so because the attendance of students. The timely conduct of online classes as per schedule is automatically recorded thus and leaves no room for alteration later on.
The Online Classes have become a great saviour for higher education in India during the present Pendomic Covid-19 Crisis and have paved the way for a more effective integration of online and off line teaching learning environment that the UGC and MHRD has been trying to create for some time.
The Online Classes are also providing a great leaning experience both for the students and the faculty. At Amity University, Gurugram we have also asked our faculty to record as many classes as possible and thus create and upload online e- resources for further use by students.
As a Vice Chancellor of AUH, I feel so satisfied that despite the threat of disruption of higher education caused by the Pendomic Covid-19 virus crisis our faculty has been able to cover fully even semester syllabi and also conduct Online tests for internal continuous assessment.
The challenge now is to prepare for Online Conduct of End Semester Examinations if the lockdown continues beyond the 21 days ending on April 14th.
I am also very happy to note that my fellow Vice Chancellors across the country have taken up the task of keeping their academic activities going on online systems. For us besides the safety and protection from Pendomic Virus, the protection of academic and professional interests of our students is of paramount importance.
I express my deep sense of gratitude to my Heads of Institutions and the learned Faculty members for their excellent cooperation in making online teaching learning environment so enriching and highly successful.
In line with the vision of the Founder President of Amity Education Group, Dr Ashok K Chauhan we are fully committed to empower each one of our students of Amity with the world quality education and research and innovation acumen and also to make our faculty deeply engaged in society and Industry relevant R&D, says Kulpati Prof PB Sharma, Vice Chancellor AUH who is also the Founder Vice Chancellor DTU and RGTU Past President of AIU.
About Amity University Haryana:
Amity University Haryana is built on a foundation that embodies all the qualities that have made Amity institutions world-class over the last two decades. It has instituted global standards in education, training, and research with state-of-the-art infrastructure and the latest teaching methodologies. With an industry-integrated curriculum, the University trains future leaders of the corporate world by blending modernity with tradition in each of its students. Situated in the picturesque, 110-acre Amity Education Valley, in the close proximity of Gurgaon, one of India’s biggest corporate hubs. The university has over 150 UGC recognized UG and PG courses, 1,000 + faculty and scientist, 1040 patents filed, by the faculty of Amity group over the last years and 20 Inter-disciplinary research centers. The campus provides a multicultural environment with the presence of students from across India and more than 15 countries, who share the diversity of regions, ethnicities, flavors, and cuisines giving the campuses a global outlook.
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