The Wheel of Education does not stop during this COVID-19 pandemic at Narasaraopeta Engineering College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh where the students and the academic faculty have gone 100 % digital.
As the coronavirus pandemic grips the world, students and the education system have been the most affected. It's been over 3 months and nowhere in India, schools and colleges have been able to commence classes on campus. Following government orders for the betterment of society and safety of students, we can say " Education has hit a roadblock" presently. However, learning should not be stopped. Here is Narasaraopeta Engineering College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh adapting to innovative ways to keep the wheel of knowledge spinning. At NEC, the management has taken the entire academic faculty to go online with digital classes. The college is conducting online classes from time to time with quizzes and assignments handed to the students through NEC's Digital Platform.
Education continues through online classes during COVID-19:
Narasaraopeta Engineering College has taken a centre stage in improving the education structure which has been hit by COVID-19. The college is conducting regular online sessions, E-learning workshops, and is providing students with subscriptions of online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, etc on subjects like Big Data, Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial training, MATLAB, AutoCAD etc. The college marked a step ahead to search for innovative tech-based teaching platforms and tools. From using video conferencing software like Zoom and WebEx, shifting to learning management systems such as Instructure's Canvas, Blackboard and Google Classroom. Further, to keep students serious about academics, NEC is conducting online exams using Software like Proctorio. As the future of education is "Going Digital", NEC is transforming contemporary teaching methods with interactive digital environments for the students.
The college administration is making sure that no student is left out from this new way of teaching culture and following their academic circular strictly. The college is conducting "E-learning mockups" for students and teachers in association with a number of online platforms, mentors, and educational experts.
Digital Support: Access to online educational institutes and Learning management system
To ensure students make the best use of this lockdown period, NEC has made tie-ups with trusted MOOC platforms like Coursera, NPTEL etc. Students of NEC have access to all courses suited for their respective engineering branches. Students can upscale their learning abilities by taking these online certification courses and updated with the Industry requirements of the changing times. On top of it, NEC faculty keeps updating subject notes, resources, and virtual classes on their own learning management system.
Teachers at NEC are conducting online lecture series in association with big names from the industries, IEEE, Heads from CSIR National Metallurgical Laboratory, National Power Training Institute, Cyient. Also professors from IIIT, VIT have been called for lectures on modern courses.
COVID-19 has significantly disorganised the higher education sector, consequently, this will affect the employment culture, industries will be looking for students adaptable to the changes brought out by the disease. Job offers from corporates are expected to go down because of the current scenario. In conclusion, educational institutions have to play a major role in deploying students with tools and skill sets on par with the changing times.