Jadavpur University will give android handsets along with data packs to students unable to get them so they can begin online classes for the new semester. The classes for arts and science streams are to begin today while the engineering classes will begin from September 25.
Jadavpur alumni, faculty give funds for handsets, data facilities
Earlier, the university’s students’ union itself gave the results of their own survey as well. A university committee is presently performing a survey of the students in need of the facilities. Once they understand the needs, they can immediately start the distribution as required. This will hopefully decrease the digital divide and allow most, if not all, students to attend online classes.
Students will then get the handsets with internet facilities and sharing, uploading and downloading options, according to Pro-Vice-Chancellor Chiranjib Bhattacharya. He further said that the university will also provide a data pack with recharge for three months. In order to afford these facilities, alumni and faculty themselves contributed to funds.
The online classes are going to be on Google platforms. Lecturers will upload course material to a secure university portal so that students can access it when they need to.
Final semester exams to be online
Apart from online classes, the Jadavpur University also plans on holding online exams for arts and science students from October 1-10. Students will access and download the question papers through their email and answer on sheets in two hours. Then, they will email them as attachments. As there may be connectivity issues, the students will get some extra time, but not indefinite. They will also be setting up a helpline in case students require any help.
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