Classes in batches’ — This could become the new norm for commerce and management students as Bangalore University (BU) plans to resume offline classes from November 17. BU vice-chancellor KR Venugopal told Bangalore Mirror that while humanities and science streams had fewer students, their bigger challenge was to conduct commerce and management students. These two streams have the maximum number of students, where at times, the strength of students in each class varies from 80 to 100 and above.
Venugopal said, “Maintaining physical distance in science and arts streams may not be a problem due to low strength. However, we need to be careful with commerce and management classes. The colleges should either hold multiple batches for a section or have classes on alternative days. It is up to the colleges to make a choice, based on their infrastructure facilities.
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However, no one can forget the fact that it will be a double whammy for lecturers as their workload will rise tremendously. So, we need to see how best we can manage.” For the science streams, BU is planning to conduct practicals initially, followed by online classes. “We are still not sure about the covid caseload in the coming months. As of now, the situation looks under control and we can resume classes. Hence, we need to begin with practicals. We also conduct online classes simultaneously. After the practical classes get over, we can assess the situation,” said Venugopal.
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However, he refused to cut down any portion of the existing syllabus. “I feel that leaving out even a single chapter would be detrimental to a student’s future. Hence, we will try to cover all the portions,” Venugopal said.
The vice-chancellor also said that he was against the idea of conducting covid tests before enrolling students.
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