Despite the decision to launch online education at private universities in the country at this time of the coronavirus outbreak, public universities are no longer offering online classes. Except for a few isolated people, they say that in the current situation, the environment and preparation for online classes is none of them.
In this situation, there is a danger of creating session jam in public universities for a few months. However, the universities say that if the situation becomes normal, additional classes will be taken by reducing the weekly leave and other holidays to cover the loss.
At present, there are 48 public universities in the country. Of these, four are medical universities. About eight and a half lakh students are studying in public universities. These students, like other students, have suffered losses as the country’s educational institutions have been closed since March 16. In a meeting held with the Minister of Education on April 30, it was decided to start online education activities in private universities. Primary and secondary classes are being held on Sangsad TV. The college has also started online classes in isolation.
However, after searching in government universities, it has been found that they are not going to classes online now. Because, as they say, there are countless students from remote areas studying in public universities. Many of them do not have the opportunity to take online classes, nor is it possible in the current situation.
Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor. A meeting of the deans of different faculties of the university was held online with Akhtaruzzaman last Monday. It said most of the university students are staying at home in different parts of the country and do not have the ability to participate in online classes due to lack of internet and other technical facilities.
In the current situation, there is no online class environment and preparation right now
Additional classes will be taken including the reduction of weekly leave
Jahangirnagar, Rajshahi, and Chittagong universities are in almost the same position as Dhaka University. Jahangirnagar University Vice-Chancellor Farzana Islam told Prothom Alo that they are also not thinking about online classes.
Although MPhil and Ph.D. activities are online at Chittagong University, regular classes will not be online. What can be done as an alternative will also be decided after Eid? In this regard, the Vice-Chancellor of the University Shirin Akhtar said in the first light, their thinking is to take classes on weekly leave if the situation is normal, to take classes till the afternoon, and so on.
Rajshahi University authorities are waiting for the opinion of the dean and department heads. The opinion will be decided on the alternative. In this regard, the Vice-Chancellor of the University M Abdus Sobhan told Prothom Alo that the opinion of the Dean and the departmental chairmen has been sought as per the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Feedback can be said.
However, online classes have started at Pabna University of Science and Technology. M Rustam Ali, a vice-chancellor of the university, told Prothom Alo that online classes were started in one or two departments but now it has started in almost all departments. However, not all students benefit. For this, the classes are being uploaded on the website, so that the students can take advantage of it. Only classes and assignments are being done online. Testing is not possible.
In addition, a search of several other universities revealed that they were not going to classes online.
When asked, UGC chairman Kazi Shahidullah told Prothom Alo that the reality is that most universities do not have the facilities to study online. The public university experience is how to deal with session congestion. With that extra experience, maybe one semester (six months) will be able to deal with session clutter. However, if the holiday is long, there will be problems.