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RGUKT Blended-mode Teaching Model garnering National Attention

Education NewsBlended-mode teaching comprises of audio-visual resources such as broadcast of live or recorded lectures, which are accompanied by study material, work manuals, suggested readings and assistance of mentors in the classroom. The main objective of this mode is to – take high-quality teaching to students located in remotest parts of the world. The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) started by Stanford and MIT and the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) of IITs are great examples of this futuristic genre.

The university has roped in experts of different engineering subjects and have been recording their lectures, which are being used in regular teaching. The university built a state-of-the-art studio for this purpose. According the Vice Chancellor of the university and brain behind the model Prof. R. V. Raja Kumar, it was out of compulsion they chose this innovative path. “We have all our campuses in remote rural areas and attracting quality faculty to those places was a daunting task. Hence, we had opted for blended-mode teaching,” he explained.

Having heard about the model, the Punjab government had sent a team of Higher Education Department officials and a team of academics from Punjab Technical University (PTU) to study the model. The government was highly appreciative of the model and the PTU has already started implementing this model in 17 of its affiliated colleges, said the Vice-Chancellor. In first week of December, a big contingent of officials, directors and heads of the departments from Odisha Education Department and engineering universities had visited RGUKT with an intention to adopt this model to Biju Patnaik University of Technology (a JNTU equivalent of Odisha), he added.

The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region is also considering implementing RGUKT model in the North Eastern states where the dearth of quality teachers is a perennial problem, said the Vice Chancellor. He feels that this model will work wonders for engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states, most of which are lacking qualified teaching faculty. RGUKT is ready to share its expertise and experience with other colleges and universities, he stated.

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