NSUI Mumbai VP Offers Solution – Edexlive

Bearing in mind the academic loss caused by COVID-19, the Vice President of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) Mumbai, Faisal Shaikh has written to the Director of Higher Education of the State of Maharashtra, Dr. Dhanraj Mane, asking for the introduction of a bridge course in the universities of Maharashtra. Bridging courses refer to courses that can be used to revise concepts and courses taught during the COVID-19 period, when courses have continued online.

Faisal, in the letter, said such courses will definitely help students better understand the concepts and topics covered and help bridge the learning gap.

“Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting lockdown, university courses for the past two years have been delivered in online mode. This has resulted in loss of learning and accumulation of unclear concepts for students,” Faisal wrote in the May 25 letter.

The bridging course concept stems from courses designed by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Maharashtra, to overcome pandemic-induced learning gaps in school education. SCERT has designed these courses for grades II-X.

Faisal cites this as an example and wants similar courses to be designed for universities as well, and he says they should be made compulsory. “I would request that for the 2022-23 academic year, bridging courses be made compulsory in all universities in Maharashtra,” reads a statement made in the letter to Dr Dhanraj.

Additionally, Faisal requested that with the expertise of the faculty, concepts that would help in understanding upcoming topics and lectures be clear to students. This, he said, would help to adapt to the pressure of offline classes and to understand the basic concepts.

A copy of the letter was also sent to Uday Samant, Minister of Higher and Technical Education of Maharashtra. Faisal said he was due to meet the Director of Higher Education in Pune to discuss this proposal, along with other matters, on Friday May 27.

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