Manipur University has recently commenced online teaching amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the lockdown imposed by the Central Government of India, all the schools and colleges across the nation were shut down. As a result, some of the Universities and schools have planned to start digital classes to the students. As part of the plan, the Manipur University has commenced the online classes.
All the streams of Manipur University i.e. the teaching staff have begun the classes online. However, the students situated in remote locations of the state couldn’t take part in online classes due to poor internet connectivity. The officials of the University had noticed this problem during the digital classes. The Registrar Professor of Manipur University, WC Singh asked the students and teachers on 2nd April to download the Zoom app or Zoom Cloud Meeting.
To begin the online classes, the students and teachers need to download the aforementioned apps on smartphones and laptops. All the participating students were asked to provide their respective email ids to the corresponding departments. The Head of Physics Department, Professor Basanta Sharma explained that teaching online varies from one subject to another subject. It is different in teaching a science subject and an arts subject online.
Speaking about the subject of the arts, the teachers will draw the diagrams and explains various scientific theories behind it. With the help of mathematical formulas and evaluations, the subject of the arts will be taught online. He further added that the time for each subject to teach online is only 40 minutes. Due to some technical glitches, the time slot of each class has to be extended to one hour. While teaching online, the teachers may face several difficulties like live streaming and volume problems.
The Head of Chemistry Department, Professor O. Mukherjee also said that online teaching can’t provide satisfaction as Physics and Chemistry requires explanation. While teaching these two subjects, the teachers explain it using symbols, mathematical calculations, and formulas. On the other hand, the students are facing mobile data ‘run-out’ problems. One of the students reported that they run out of data as the mobile data is consumed a lot for online classes.
Amid the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no individual can practice their day to day chores. We hope the coronavirus spread will be stopped soon so that people can lead their lives like before. Anyhow, stay tuned to our website for the latest updates on exams, educational news, and more.