As the lockdown has extended 31 January 2021, the University of Mumbai has updated yet again that the colleges affiliated with it are pondering over the possibility of continuing with the online classes for one more semester. Colleges further stated that they would continue a blended approach for this academic year, even if the state government directs the educational institutions to resume with the offline lectures.
As of now, the lectures are commencing completely online, shared by the college authorities. A blended approach that includes a mix of online and offline curriculum will be adopted for this academic year, owing to the pandemic situation.
Even if the offline lectures resumed, 30-40% of lectures will be online as both the teachers as well as the students have got a hang of the online /virtual education, stated the Principal of a college in Malad speaking in favor of the blended approach of education for the academic year.
The principal of a college at Charni Road said that only Practicals, on-field assignments, and laboratory lectures can be conducted offline on a priority basis and further added that they are just waiting for the guidelines from the state Higher and Technical Education Department and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
After the lockdown got extended till 31 January 2021, there has been no direction regarding the reopening of offline lectures for degree colleges and universities from the state government. In-house software to hold interactive academic sessions and to conduct online semester examinations, and record attendance via virtual tools.