The COVID-19 is present and imminent threat and the only and best solution is social distancing which has been put in practice through a number of stages over last couple of weeks. MIT World Peace University believes in universal values which are essential in building a responsible society for future of mankind. Swami Vivekananda’s prophecy about India leading the knowledge corridor is taken very seriously and MITWPU takes the onus to be world leader. The thought process and progressive mindset of the leadership under Shri Rahul Karad, Executive President has kept MIT WPU ready for any eventualities and COVID-19 is taken in our stride.
The infrastructure availability at the campus has such a vast resource builtup in the form of recorded online lectures and platforms for continuous online interactions between faculty and the students. This has always helped students to learn when they want and where they want. While the university, has closed down for formal contact sessions between faculty and students and all hostels have been vacated with all students safely and securely settled with their families, the knowledge generation and dissemination processes have been continuing almost unabated. MITWPU has in addition to these vast resources of recorded lectures and platforms for contact with students, its ability to conduct online examinations can be of great help under these circumstances. However, such an arrangement would require a lot of prior preparation and coordination amongst several essential agencies, if needed can be done from home and online.
It is the physical infrastructure at the campus, most modern laboratories and fabrication and testing equipment which would not be available for practice and that is a worrying factor. However, the faculty is clever in replacing actual experimentation with simulation using software where MIT has already has made investments. Large numbers of collaborative projects are not only in place but are progressing at a good pace under circumstances.
Faculty is also uploading additionally recorded lectures online to keep pace with times. In all these activities, the paramaount importance still is that the students and faculty are all safe from COVID-19 and will successfully return back from this precautionary social distancing phase and we focus with renewed vigour on making Mother India the “Vishwa guru”
(Shrihari Prakash Honwad, Former Provost, MIT World Peace University, Pune)