Bengaluru, July 21: It has happened many times that teaching institutions have faced scarcity of teachers, but Karnataka professors opted for another option of live-streaming their lectures. Karnataka’s Department of Technical Education took the initiative to overcome the shortage of teaching staff problem.
Not only this, but the lectures stored on YouTube can become the source of reference for other students to use during their studies.Which means at the end of the exercise, the lectures will become a repository on YouTube for everyone to use. To take the idea forward, the department has set up a studio in Bengaluru for the subject experts.
In the first phase, the live-streamed classes will be held in 81 government polytechnics and 11 government engineering colleges for 22,600 students. The colleges need to prepare with good Internet connectivity, a computer and an LCD projector.
H.U. Talwar, Director, DTE, said students would also get the opportunity to ask questions. “We will enable two-way communication. Google Hangouts will be used to stream the lectures, after which they will be uploaded to YouTube,” he said. Nearly 45% of lecturer and principal posts in government engineering colleges are vacant. In polytechnic colleges, it is 25% of 714 posts.
“We ask guest faculty to fill in, but we want students to get an opportunity to listen to lectures by experienced faculty members,” Talwar said.
A good Internet connection is particularly important for rural colleges where staff shortage is acute. S.T. Bhairappanavar, Principal, Government Polytechnic College in Gajendragad, Gadag district, said he was looking forward to the new method of reaching out to students.