Chandigarh April 4, 2020

Centre for Academic Leadership and Education Management (CALEM),
Department of Education, Panjab University Chandigarh started the
seven days’ faculty development programme on “MOOCS: Instructional
Design, Development and Learning Analytics”. In this workshop 81
teachers from 14 universities are participating.

Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University inaugurated the
session and he shared that there is dire need to orient the teachers
about the online mode of teaching. He said that this is one of the
innovative program which is being organised in online mode and it
will motivate the teachers to develop MOOCs and to use online portals
to interact with the students. In this down period due to COVID-19,
the responsibly of academia have increased manifolds as those have to
guide the students to do academic work, be constructive and to
maintain their mental health on right tracks.

Prof. Raj Kumar stressed that various university departments have to
take initiative to guide the teachers of colleges about using of the
online teaching learning platforms for interacting with students.
Learning of usage of online platforms will boost the collaborations
among teachers and researchers of different universities, so that
those can share their learning and teaching resources with each other.
MOOCs is an innovative platform which provide opportunities to
students to join variety of courses to boost their knowledge and gain
mastery on the subject. MOOCs provide opportunities to diversify. He
applauded the initiatives of CALEM team and organisers for planning
this program n very short duration.

Prof. K. Srinivas Head of ICT & Project Management Unit of National
Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) delivered
the key note address and dwelled on the Digital Initiatives of Govt.
of India in Higher Education in redefining the role of teachers in
21st century classroom. He stressed that teachers have to do efforts
to develop courses on MOOCs by taking the one topic at a time. He
elaborated on the six verticals of MOOC- Ecosystem i.e. course design,
course development. course delivery, course transaction, motivation
and engagement of the learner, creating assessment and discussion
forum. He cleared all the queries of participants related to copy
right issues, use of YouTube content for teaching and developing MOOC
courses.


Prof. Jatinder Grover, Coordinator CALEM and Dean Faculty of
Education, Panjab University, shared that this online faculty
development programme is made possible only due to able guidance and
dynamic leadership of PU VC Prof Raj Kumar .

Dr. Grover acknowledged the participation of teachers from various
universities. He said that teachers have to change their teaching
patterns and should use technology, however technology can’t replace
the teacher. But to counter present day conditions, technology is a
boon for all of us related to academics. On MOOCs platform, we can
find anything ranging from biotechnology to modern mysticism .
The whole program is being organised through ZOOM cloud and teachers
are being oriented about the usage of Google Classroom and teaching
interactions through ZOOM cloud and other related software’s.

Dr. Vishal Sharma (Coordinator, Swayam) and coordinator of the course
welcomed all the participants and introduced the resource persons with
the participants. Dr. Kanwalpreet Kaur (Chairperson, IETVE) proposed
the vote of thanks. Participants participated very enthusiastically by
posing questions to experts.

The inaugural session ended with a message from the Vice-Chancellor-
Stay Home, Be Safe and Do academics.
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Chandigarh April 4, 2020
Online Teaching at Forensic Science, PU
Dr. Vishal Sharma, Faculty ,Institute of Forensic Science &
Criminology, Panjab University
started online classes for M.Sc. Forensic Science 1st and 2nd year
students through online ZOOM application.
All the students joined the class today and enjoyed the lecture in
the online mode. Students have also raised queries that were resolved
during the class. Zoom is very good application for online classes.
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Chandigarh April 4, 2020
Corona: An Opportunity for Distance Educators of PU
COVID-19 has given yet another opportunity to distance educators to
prove their worth. This time it is world-wide. In Panjab University,
the University School of Open Learning (USOL), which was started in
1971 as the Directorate of Correspondence Courses, has on its rolls
faculty with rich experience to meet the challenges of the time.
At this juncture, when the USOL is celebrating its Golden Jubilee of
serving the society, Dr. Ravi K. Mahajan, Professor in the USOL, has
‘unfortunately credited corona’ for giving him satisfactory moments as
Distance Educator that too when he is on the verge of his
superannuation. In turn he has witnessed the growth of ‘correspondence
education’ to the modern age e-Education. Staring with developing
printed material in 1977-78, and adding audio components in 1980s to
the kitty of distance learners, in 1991, he contributed the ‘concept
and script’ for an educational film ‘Statistics: An Introduction’, it
was probably the first educational film on ‘statistics’ at the UGC’s
program. The film was telecast on the UGC’s Country-wide classroom
programme a number of times.
Adding another thrill to his experiments, he developed first lesson
for ‘learning on computer’. The lesson was developed in dBase on PC
486 while harnessing features like ‘print screen’. Later in 1992, at
the IIT Kanpur, during a workshop ‘Teaching Statistics Through
Computers’, he demonstrated ‘teaching-learning environment, with
respect to one topic, in the then prevalent communication tools, viz.,
print, audio, video and computer. Later, with the development of
Learning Content Management Systems, in 2010, ATutor and Joomla were
harnessed to experiments in providing online study material and
learning experiences to the students of Diploma in Statistics.
This first of its kind venture of the Panjab University was
ceremonially launched, by the then Vice Chancellor of the University
Prof. R.C. Sobti under the project ‘Go Global Go Online’. During the
same time frame, he also created ‘Google Channels’ to share pieces of
information with different groups of students, before going for
identical groups on What’s App. However, the year 2019 gave him real
exposure to the modern age teaching-learning environment, when on 25
April 2019 he probably became first Indian to address an ‘On-Line
Symposium’ at the American Center for Study of Distance Education at
Penn State University, USA. During the presentation, he combined
‘screen-shared text and extempore talk’ amidst intermittent questions,
observations and discussion from the participants. It was a near
ultimate in distance education, where all the components of educations
technology that too in an economic and convenient way with ease of
operation ability were unified to give a new experience to the host
and the beneficiaries. This experience encouraged him to adapt it for
reaching out to students beyond four walls of the class-rooms.

Unfortunately COVID Lockdown gave him an opportunity to realize his
dream. After experimenting with a few platforms, he settled with ZOOM
to deliver an online session every day, since March 23. Of course it
takes about 2 to 4 hours to redo the study material to be shared on
the screen with the students. Of course, being distance learner, the
students already have with them study material and the exercise
sheets. These sessions are being used by the students to get add-ons
and clear their doubts, while for some it is an opportunity to get an
overview on the topic.

Notwithstanding, issues arising out of poor internet connectivity at
the end of host or recipients, amidst satisfaction he derived of this
experiment, he foresees in the post COVID-19 era an emergence of a new
online-driven trans-border educational edifice.

Nonetheless, at this juncture, focusing on India, universities should
bank on ‘distance education institutes’, which have expertise in
meeting pedagogical requirements in teaching students at distance.
Moreover, by the time corona lockdown was initiated, most of the
institutes of distance education or open universities must have been
ready with their study material. Of course, open universities like
IGNOU and some institutes of distance education have put their
material on their web sites. The some courses are available on the
SWAYAM platforms, or some independent MOOCs are available, but these
are not sufficient to meet the requirement of students for
conventionally driven universities degrees.

But as on date, students need their ‘course specific’ material, so
almost all the universities will have to muster their own resources.
For instance, Panjab University can ask its department and colleges to
develop study material. To fasten the process, from the pool of the
all Teachers in the colleges and university, topic-wise allocation be
made to the teachers to develop the study material within a time
frame. The study materials of USOL in the courses available therein
could well be harnessed. The material thus developed is put on the
university websites for the students. Thereafter their respective
teachers, using any platform from the array of available ones, be
asked to be available online, as per pre-assigned and pre-announced
schedule, for giving ‘add-ons’ and ‘clearing doubts’ of the students.
It is important to note that developing study material is quite
demanding in terms of content and it presentation. It is developed to
ensure that students are actively engaged in learning, and for that
they can seek the help from the faculty in USOL. And same is true with
online sessions, where teachers have to be very particular in their
communication and response as all gets into public domain for
evaluation and scrutiny.

Nonetheless, this experiment in the Panjab University will go a long
way in contributing to the world-wide emerging online-driven
trans-border educational edifice.
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Chandigarh April 4, 2020
Counselling by PU Psychology Deppt
The department of Psychology , Panjab University, with the help of
trained scholars/ alumni will be providing telephonic guidance and
help pertaining to psycholgical issues during this critical time of
lockdown under Covid19 pandemic. An initiative by Prof Seema
Vinayak,Chairperson, it is an attempt to promote positive mental
health during lockdown and times to come.

To start with the following numbers will be available as per the time slots

9501434061 (10am-4pm)

7973446894(11am-5pm)

9814211641(11am-1pm)
8567060000(4pm-7pm)

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The stay safe advisory regarding Covid19 as received from The Ministry of HRD, has been circulated to all the departments of Panjab University Chandigarh.


Prof Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor said the advisory is very useful in providing general measures in enhancing body's natural defence mechanism which should be followed by all in the prevailing conditions to fight against the Coronavirus
The detailed information can be found in these links:
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The circular from MHRD regarding AICTE COVID19 Student Helpline Portal has been circulated to all departments of Panjab University and it's affiliated colleges by the Computer Centre of Panjab University Chandigarh.
In view of the outbreak of COVID19 and National lockdown since March 25th, some students have been facing difficulties due to closure of colleges and hostels. Hence in order to provide help and support to such students, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) has come out with a unique website and address the issues.
The website with an URL https://helpline.aicte-india.org
was launched by the Honorable Minister for Human Resource development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” today in the presence of Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE, MP Poonia, Vice chairman AICTE, Shri Buddha Chandrashekhar, Chief Coordinating Officer, AICTE and student interns Shivanshu and Akash of Graphic Era University who developed this portal in record time of one day and Secretary Dr Rajive and other AICTE officers on videoconferencing.
This portal is essentially to connect those who are willing to provide help with those who need help. The nature of support includes Accommodation, Food, on line Classes, Attendance, Examinations, Scholarships, Health, Transport, Harassment etc.
As many as 6500 colleges have already come forward to provide support at such a crucial juncture. Students in difficulty are encouraged to directly get connected with them through this portal. Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE also appealed to voluntary organizations, NGOs. Social organizations, philanthropists to come forward and render their support similar to the 6500 colleges.
Interested social organizations, NGOs, philanthropists please contact us at: cconeat@aicte-india.org
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The Hon’ble Prime Minister in his address to the nation has urged the citizens of the country to express solidarity in fight against COVID-19 by switching off lights, and light a diya, candle or hold a mobile torch on April 05, 2020 at 9:00 pm for 9 minutes. This is to be done within the confines of our homes.
Prof Shankarji Jha, Dean of University Instruction informed that all
teaching, non-teaching staff, students, researchers and others of the University have been requested to do the needful and be a partner in our resolute fight against COVID-19.