While several colleges have already started conducting lectures online, the two-month delay – academic session began on June 6 last year – coupled with the limitations of online mode of teaching will be a major obstacle for teachers and students in covering their entire syllabus.
The organisation said that it had submitted a detailed set of recommendations to the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) concerning a wide-ranging set of issues, including saffronisation, centralisation and commercialisation of education through NEP.
While the state government has accepted these recommendations, it won’t issue any official directives for its implementation. “There isn’t much the government can do about these recommendations. However, the universities will act on these proposals, by consulting the governor and in accordance with the UGC guidelines,” said an aide to Samant.
SIO has proposed that the fees of all the schools in the state must be reduced by 50% for the months when no physical classes are to be held.
The government also capped the duration of online sessions for higher classes – one hour for classes 3 to 5, two hours for classes 6 to 8 and three hours for classes 9 to 12.
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