Under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA 1.0) scheme, a virtual tutorial project was started at directorate of distance and continuing education (DDCE) of Utkal University in 2017. A studio had been created to prepare audio-video based syllabus and problem solving contents at +3 level in bilingual mode (Odia and English).
After the creation of video lectures, the government had planned to embed them in a Pen Drive or a Tablet PC and provide them to the students of underprivileged areas in Utkal University, Berhampur University, Sambalpur University, Fakir Mohan University and North Odisha University.
A monitoring committee meeting was conducted here on August 20 on this virtual tutorial project. The minutes of the meeting released on Wednesday focussed on use of these video lectures by students and teachers during this pandemic.
Higher education secretary Saswat Mishra in the report said the prepared e-contents (recorded lectures) should be uploaded in Utkal University website and free access should be allowed so that students and teachers can use it for their benefit. “A separate enabling circular will be issued to all the higher educational institutions of the state in the first week of September after uploading of prepared e-contents in the website,” he added.
A teacher of the Utkal University said the video lectures could have uploaded during the starting of the pandemic situation in March end. “Why the department took so much time to understand the importance of quality e-content after five months? Even the studio can be used for online classes during this time, but nothing has been done in this direction,” he added.
Asoka Kumar Das, vice chairman of Odisha State Higher Education Council, said
“The prepared e-content for the time being should be uploaded in the existing server of the Utkal University. Now the classes have been started and the recorded lectures will be helpful for the students,” he added.
He said the department had planned to start common reference materials for undergraduate and postgraduate students, but it was stopped when they found that universities are taking care of good reference materials.