KARACHI: Because of the impossibility of a full recovery from the current academic session, Karachi University (KU) has decided to extend physical closure and switch to online classes.
According to the notice issued on Tuesday, online classes will begin immediately and continue until July 15, after which semester exams will be conducted from August 22 to September 12. For the night shift, online classes will continue until July 15 too, with exams from September 14 to September 30.
KU’s deputy chancellor, Dr. Khalid Iraqi had requested an emergency online meeting of the academic council on Friday, while recommendations for starting online classes had been presented previously by the dean committee and faculty council.
According to the recommendation, three to five faculty members will work in each faculty as the main trainers to train teachers in conducting online classes. Department committees will also be formed before July 15 to analyze teaching standards.
Meanwhile, the option to hold special classes lasting 40 minutes between July 16 and August 13 will be available for students who cannot take online classes.
The recommendations have not yet defined the right strategy regarding inspection methods, but according to reports, they can be carried out online if physical examination is not possible.
The second semester will be held from 15 September to 13 December, while examinations for it will be conducted from 14 December to 31 December.
Published in The Express Tribune, 3 Junerd, 2020.
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