By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) has finalized a policy to commence online classes for its students in accordance with COVID-19 outbreak and closure of all educational institutions across Pakistan.
This decision was made in an online meeting of deans and heads of departments, chaired by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad here on Thursday.
The PU spokesman Khuram Shahzad said that as per HEC guidelines and on the recommendations made by deans of faculties and heads of departments, the PU administration has made several decisions to minimize the time loss of the students.
In a press statement, the PU Spokesman said that the online classes were mandatory and would continue as per time-table issued by the relevant college/institute/center/department. He said as per decision, the students would be provided with the syllabus of the subjects and relevant online books on the top priority basis. The course materials and recorded lectures would be mailed/emailed/uploaded through the relevant software to maximize the learning outcome of the students.
The decision about assessment/examination (Mid/Final or Comprehensive exam) of theoretical subjects would be decided at an appropriate time when the situation was normalized. However, the assignments with a maximum of 30 per cent weightage could be given to the students during online classes.
The spokesperson further clarified that lab work/practical sessions with the relevant module along with its exam would also be conducted when the situation was normalized. Shahzad expressed that genuine issues of those students who are unable to attend online classes, at all, would be offered on campus compensatory classes/summer camp or additional credits during the regular semester when the situation was normalized and PU would not be charged a tuition fee from them.
Furthermore, all teachers including visiting faculty would keep a record of attendance of the students, he said, adding that that the Deans/HoDs would also ensure the regularity of the online classes. He concluded that summer vacations would be announced as per university schedule later on.