Academic institutions will have to make changes & optimise use of facilities: Chaudhary
The director of Doon Group of Colleges, Sanjay Chaudhary opines that the academic institutions would have to make necessary changes in the time table and adopt practices which makes optimum use of the available facilities to follow the norms of social distancing after the universities and colleges reopen after a prolonged lockdown presently enforced to reduce the contagion of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In an interaction with The Pioneer Chaudhary said that the social distancing in the academic institutions cannot be implemented with the present system. “We at the Doon group of colleges have more than 5000 students. It would be difficult for us to observe social distancing if we continue to stick to present system. To reduce the number of students in classrooms and other places we would have to stagger the timings and make necessary changes in time table,’’ he said. On the question of the effect of the lockdown on the students and academics, the director said that the institute has started online classes from first week of April. “We have special software for the students and teachers for the online classes. I feel that the online classes are more of a one way communication but under the present circumstances they are the best possible method to ensure that the academic activities are not ceased. Now with some relaxations from the lockdown we have opened the administrative section and have also asked the teachers to start visiting their departments.
Though the regular teachings would remain suspended and the norm of only 33 percent attendance of staff to remain implemented, the teachers would remain present in their departments from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm. It would help them to take online classes in better way. Further we have circulated the phone numbers of the Head of Departments and other experts so that the students can consult them whenever needed. We are also taking regular feedback from the students and monitoring the online classes closely,’’ he quipped.
Chaudhary admitted that the crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 would have a negative effect on the new admissions this year. He said that the number of students getting admission in the institute could decrease as the paying capacity of people has decreased. The director also opined that the placement of the students also could get affected with less companies coming to the campus this year. He said that the fee collection has witnessed a decline due to which there is some challenge on the financial front but the institute is managing things from its resources. “We have decided that no one would be removed from service and no deduction in salary of the staff would be done. If some institutions are doing that then it is unethical. They should understand that the fees collection can get delayed but the fee would ultimately get deposited. I think patience is the key and believe that things would become normal with time,’’ he said.
Chaudhary said that the Doon Group of Colleges is distributing food packets in many localities for the poor and the institute is planning to make suitable donation in the chief minister’s fund for the purpose.
About the institution
The Doon group of colleges has four constituent colleges- Doon (PG) paramedical college and hospital, Doon (PG) College of science and technology, Doon (PG) college of Agriculture and allied sciences and Doon Valley college of education. In last 20 years the institute has made a name for itself in the academic domain of the state. The constituent colleges offer many graduate and post graduate courses in various discipline of pure science, physiotherapy, lab technology, agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, food technology, business administration and education.
Thursday, 07 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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