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With NEET and IIT-JEE (Advance) knocking on the door, coaching centres have started offering online lessons to medical and engineering aspirants, who can opt for different sessions to clear any doubt and for assessments.

“We are providing virtual coaching to students as they are unable to attend classes. All students are connected on an online platform, where different sessions are being held regularly,” said Aakash Institute director of Bengal Sunil Agarwal. The institute is also exploring the use of other platforms for convenience and unique features. “For students enrolled in the two-year course, 12 hours of online programme have been set for every week. In Kolkata, there is a high demand for weekend batches. We are continuing with six-hour training a day over weekends,” said Agarwal. Each batch is also being offered three to four hours every week, when the students can clear their doubts in any subject. The youngsters can also download e-books, refer to e-books and watch study videos on Aakash Digital, a supplementary portal. “Earlier, students had to pay separately for this portal, but now, it is available to all who have joined classroom coaching. Even parent-teachers meetings are being held online,” Agarwal said.

Vidyamandir Classes has been running a nationwide online programme for over a month now. “We have separate groups for individual batches. On the platform, we post the links for each class being conducted. Through the website, aspirants can access e-books and video archives. Since timings of some classes may clash, all lessons taught to each batch are uploaded, along with class lectures, within 48 hours on the dedicated portal,” said Subhojit Ganguly, academic coordinator of Vidyamandir Classes, Kolkata. He added scanned e-books, along with solutions, were available. “Every two days, we hold sessions to answer students’ questions. A handful of students may be complained about their mobile batteries running out and some are facing vision problems due to long hours of staring at screen. For them, online recordings are available,” he said.

Founder and chairman of Pathfinder Group Debdutta Sreemany felt students should not crib about being confined to their homes. “In classrooms, study materials are distributed and exams are held. This traditional system is being replaced with a new one, under which teachers are coaching on particular topics and then preparing analytical and critical-thinking questions for individual students to test their concept,” Sreemany said. “If anyone is found not to have grasped the subject, a revision is being held. Such individual interaction was limited earlier. Aspirants even from districts are finding the exercises beneficial.”

Rohit Agarwal, director of PACE IIT and Medical Kolkata, said they started sessions on a social media platform in March, where aspirants posted photos of unsolved problems and faculty members helped them with answers. “From April, we started online classes. Every student has been given an ID, with which they can log in to clear their doubts and access additional materials. This is besides the online lessons. Even the PACE module is available online,” he said.


Source: Times of India

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