Sindh Varsity endorses govt decision on distant learning
HYDERABAD: We clearly see the government’s far-sighted acumen and steely resolve for transition to online learning mode, as the implacable Virus does not promise an early let-up. Sindh University endorses this decision in letter and spirit. As it has already begun working on an implementable navigation plan to this effect.
The above thoughts were advanced by SU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat while chairing online video-conference meeting with SU Faculty of Education.
The VC said Faculty of Education has been one of the premier varsity departments, and it would be among the first frontliners at SU who would be embracing the proposed change to shift to online option.
Dr. Burfat added that they were facing an academic crisis of the sorts, necessitating strategies to cope academic losses that were likely to incur on account of turbulence, disturbance and impediments caused by the pandemic Corona literally crippling institutions to carry on in normal course academic activity.
Dr. Burfat further said that they needed to explore and introduce innovative, dramatic and novel online, virtual teaching-learning options to minimize academic and research damage that had become too very conspicuous in the ongoing epidemic crisis and subsequent mass immobility across the globe.
The Vice Chancellor was joined in this online discussion by Dean Faculty of Education Prof. Dr. Saleha Parveen, SU Registrar Dr. Ameer Ali Abro, Instiute Directors, Department Chairpersons and faculty from within the Faculty domain.
Dean Dr. Saleha Parveen informed the Vice Chancellor that all teachers had already conferred students with 40 marks assignments that would be accounting for the midterm examinations they would have taken if all were normal.
The Varsity’s Director Internet Services Dr. Yasir Arafat Malkani informed that they were working on a parallel plan that comprised two options: A and B. He added that as per option A they were exploiting social media tools like email communication, FaceBook page links, Google devices and WhatsApp streams to academically interact with students; adding that as per option B they were developing a full-fledged and efficient Virtual Learning Management System (VLMS) with a view to integrate teaching-learning materials being prepared by faculty through student E-portal medium and other online domains if the lockdown situation prevailed beyond anticipated timeframe.
Academic Heads of various teaching departments of the Faculty of Education shared with Dr. Burfat that they had already impressed upon faculty within their respective venues to begin working on developing and designing online teaching modules to administer in case the need be.
Thanking all in connectity, Vice Chancellor Dr. Burfat expressed the hope that by unfliching faith and academic devotion; they would be able to overpower the epidemic threat consequences at the campus.