Following the concept of ‘Digital India’, Manipur government has decided to start virtual classroom in five noted colleges of the State by the end of July.
‘In E-class rooms, students will have the facility to sit in classes conducted by teachers in other colleges through interactive video conferencing, thus sharing classes from specific teachers,’ said C Arthur W, director of higher education in Manipur, adding, ‘In 1 st phase we are targeting 5 colleges from various places of the State and these are CI College in Bishnupur, Churachandpur College in Churachandpur, DM college Imphal, Pettigrew College in Ukhrul and YK College in Wangjing.’
Arthur also added that it is a pilot programme and after its success, E-classrooms service will be extended to other colleges.
‘The department will be opening the E-classrooms once adequate internet facilities are available, the process for which is underway,’ he pointed out, adding, ‘Since it will be an interactive session, superior and dependable internet connection is required so that a class taken in a college can be linked to other colleges.’
Further acknowledging the lack of technical skills among educated youths, the director said the department is also planning to launch a variety of programmes offering skill-oriented training along with their normal courses for improving employment prospects.
Presently there are 86 higher educational institutions in Manipur including 28 government, 12 government-aided and 33 private colleges.