DU best lectures to be put on web

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Delhi University (DU) may no longer deprive you of the quality a good teacher brings to the classroom, irrespective of the college you are in. DU's Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL), DU's year-old venture to promote e-learning, is planning to video record the lectures of the best teachers in the university for different courses and put them online for all students to access. ILLL has got an approval from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to build a studio on the campus where the lectures of these teachers can be shot. 'We will identify the best teachers in all the colleges and ask them to prepare a lecture on a particular segment in the course. We plan to put these videos on the ILLL portal from where students can access them,' said AK Bakhshi, ILLL director at North Campus. He added having such videos online will help students refer to the topic beyond the classroom lectures and may also add value to their self-study.

'Even new teachers can benefit from it. Sitting through the lectures of experienced teachers online will only help them,' said Bakhsi. Though the teachers are yet to be selected for the purpose, the work on the studio may start in a few weeks. 'The studio will be an important facility in the university, to be used for video-conferencing and various other projects as well,' said Bakhshi. The plan may be innovative but teachers don't really seem comfortable with the idea of making a chosen few among them more accessible to students as this would create distinction among teachers. 'The spirit is laudable but the idea of finding the best teachers is contentious. The faculty of all the colleges is equally good. How can one select which teacher is better,' said a teacher of political science from south campus.

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