Online lectures for Gujarat govt colleges from taught yesterday, says education dept

The decision has been taken in view of such an uncertain environment. Students cannot miss crucial teaching hours just ahead of their annual examinations.

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A day after state education department announced that lessons for government schools will be telecast on private television channels as a precautionary measure to curtail COVID-19, the higher education department issued instructions to all government and grant-in-aid colleges to start online lectures from March 19. To be implemented majorly by technical institutes, as the course structure of non-technical courses has already been covered by universities, students of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) with over 420 affiliated colleges will be the largest users of the lectures.

The decision has been taken in view of such an uncertain environment. Students cannot miss crucial teaching hours just ahead of their annual examinations. Four platforms, Facebook live, Google classroom, Webex and Zoom will be used for the online live lectures. In addition to online lectures, students’ attendance will also be marked online. For the time being, the live streaming of lectures for five-six hours everyday will continue till March 29. The state government had ordered to suspend all teaching work for schools and colleges from March 16 till 29.

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