Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 30
Pooja Bhagat (19) wants to be a fashion designer and Mansi Anand (19) aspires to become a commerce lecturer. Their professor ensured that their studies don’t affect due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19.
However, before March 22 when classes in educational institutes were suspended, teachers and students were worried about their studies.
Teachers were in a fix to complete the syllabus of students. But, the Internet solved their problems and devised ways to help students in pursue their dreams.
For the past three months, Binoo Gupta's around 150 B.Com and BBA students from Punjab, Haryana and Jammu have been attending online classes in which she gives lessons in Income Tax and Cost Accounts on YouTube. These 150 students include aspiring chartered accountants, fashion designers, lecturers and entrepreneurs.
Binoo, an associate professor, PG Department of Commerce and Management, Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, has been teaching B.Com and BBA students online as per their semester requirements since the lockdown was announced.
Days before the lockdown, they formed a WhatsApp group, Income Tax, to continue the studies of students.
Before March 14 when a meeting held at the college to make efforts for teaching online, certain WhatsApp groups were formed and a few videos were uploaded.
Initially, she started online classes by making WhatsApp videos and audios. She also started taking classes on Zoom app. Later, she started uploading videos on her YouTube channel.
Now, students have completed their syllabus after attending online classless.
Binoo said, “Initially, there were setbacks. Students from Jammu had no internet connectivity and had left for their places near Holi, leaving their laptops and books behind. But, eventually Internet connectivity got better and other students sent PDFs of their books to them. In the end, the need for learning online and finding new means to get lessons made students more confident and resourceful. They uploaded PPTs and organised webinars. They found new ways for getting lessons.”
Pooja, a semester-four student of B.Com, said, “I opted for the commerce stream because it will help me chase my dream of becoming fashion entrepreneur. Leaving a few glitches aside, the online lessons give us more time. Initially, we were nervous, but now we are enjoying.”
Mansi said, “Initially, we were nervous, but things got smoothened as time passed. We have finished our syllabus and now, we are revising our concepts. Barring a few network problems initially, online learning has been fun.”
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