The Indian Institute of Management-Ranchi is planning to launch a virtual classroom facility, which will allow students to 'attend' classes without being physically present at the location, in August.
With classes just a mouse-click away, this facility is expected to make things easier for students who are unable to attend college for various reasons, including illness.Speaking on the virtual classroom facility, which has been hailed by many as a solution to the country's education-related issues, IIM-Ranchi director MJ Xavier said: "Our hostel is nearly 20 km from the campus. There are occasions when students find themselves unable to attend classes because of medical reasons. Also, there could be some urgent matter back home, for which the student may have to go away. In such cases, he can opt for attending classes from his laptop after registering his login credentials."
The lectures would be broadcast live, and students will be able to benefit from face-to-face interactions with faculty members.
IIM-Ranchi is also planning to conduct virtual classes for students of Ranchi University.
"We are just two years old, and our classrooms are still being constructed. The Ranchi University has offered some of theirs, in return for virtual classes by our faculty members. A projector will be used for the purpose," Professor Xavier said.
Stating that the virtual classroom project with Ranchi University would act as their "test bed", he said, "Our broader objective is to extend virtual education to many institutions across the country. Our country suffers from an acute shortage of quality education, and virtual classrooms will help in this regard."
Students would be able to register their attendance by marking a biometric sensor with their thumb impression, the director said.
The students' understanding of the subject would be evaluated by faculty members through their notes on the subject in a separate module.