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West Bengal Education department to digitise notes to help UG, PG students in Covid times

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The higher education department has decided to digitise the study material generated by under graduate and post graduate faculty members of several colleges across the state during the pandemic when teachers shifting from the traditional offline mode to online method of teaching.

The study material which will be collected from different colleges will be scanned and scrutinised and then uploaded on the West Bengal State Council of Higher Education (WBSCHE) website which will function as a reference material for students and teachers in the future.

Several colleges have started collecting the study material from their teachers and doing the first round of checks before forwarding them to the council.

“In the last 22 months or so since the outbreak of the pandemic, online classes became the dominant mode of teaching. Teachers across colleges in the state at the UG and PG level have worked very hard to produce simple yet comprehensive notes for students so that their learning doesn’t get hampered. This has created a huge pool of e-content or study material which needs to be classified and organised carefully before it is preserved so that it helps teachers and students in the coming years,” said a WBSCHE official.

Initially notes for commerce, humanities and social science and languages will be aggregated and processed for the purpose of digitisation. Colleges have been requested to form a screening committe which will scan the study material before handing it over to the council.

“The pandemic forced us to change our traditional methods of teaching and adopt newer ways. Our teachers made very lucid notes for the students to retain their attention and ensure that absence of in-person classes doesn’t adversely impact their learning. We are aggregating them to be forwarded to the council,” said the principal of a central Kolkata college.

Schools, colleges and universities shut down in March 2020 after the Covid outbreak. Educational institutes reopened in November last year but had to be shut down within a few weeks due to the third wave.

“We don’t know when colleges and universities will reopen fully again. In such a scenario these notes will be very helpful for students who have just taken admission or will be taking admission in the next session,” said an official.

Source: Times of India

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