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Dr Prachi Agarwal, Asst. Professor, Mangalmay Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida: Must adopt new teaching technology

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Dr Prachi Agarwal

CORONAVirus…..Well 90% of the world’s population is listening to this medical terminology for the first time in their lives. By now, we all know the origin of it, the brutal effects it is making on worldwide mankind and the heart making tolls it is making. The last reported Pandemic of this type was seen in the year 1918, something called ‘SPANISH FLU’ which effected nearly one-third of human population worldwide.

The implications of this pandemic will be witnessed in nearly the coming decade and we will not be able to recover from it very easily. Suddenly everything is freezed……. No industry in any of the country is left unaffected by its touch. Be it manufacturing, travel and tourism, aviation, agriculture, service industry everything seems to be at hault.

Needless to mention education industry is also not left untouched. Schools, Colleges and Universities, Teachers, Students and Support Staff everyone is facing the wrath of this deadly virus. The colleges are closed, various entrance tests are postponed, the results are awaited, the admission process has slowed down.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Where there is a virus, there is an anti virus too and we academicians have found a holy grail to continue with our academics. We at Mangalmay Institute of Management and Technology have adopted the MOOCS concept (Massive Open Online Courses) of Teaching Learning Pedagogy. The faculties are sharing video lectures to the students on daily basis and conducting Google Classrooms and Zoom Classrooms. Their doubts are cleared by whatsapp or voice calls. Also, various links of MHRD courses like NPTEL and Swayam are also shared with them to continue their studies.

Various research papers are been sent to the students to make them read about the topic presented in Video lectures to give thrust to teaching learning process. Also, PPT’s, assignments and other study material are sent to the students on regular basis.

The response of all these activities is very positive and the students are also understanding and appreciating the hard work done by their professors and their commitments towards academics.

Last but not the least, very important thing to give the students is peace of mind, as being a Teacher, nothing is more important that their well-being and that’s our main priority.

Let us all stay positive in this hard time and pray that this situation is over for the well-being of mankind and humanity.

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