Governor Arif Mohammed Khan urged universities to seriously embrace digital education and harness the possibilities of the “new normal” in the post-pandemic era.
Presenting the Chancellor’s Awards for Top Universities to Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday, Khan urged state universities to soak up the benefits of internet-based education.
Stressing that the state was poised to witness an increase in the use of technology in education through the Kerala Fiber Optic Network (KFON) project, the governor lamented the slow progress made by universities contributing substantially to the massive open online course (MOOC) offering through services such as Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM). He hopes all state universities will upload at least 50% of the courses on the online platform for wider access.
The Chancellor also urged universities to make efforts to introduce online exams in their teaching departments within a given timeframe as the first step towards achieving the system’s goal of “exam anytime, anywhere” .
He added that the higher education sector could not afford to ignore the training of teachers in the use of online teaching techniques to enable them to integrate research and teaching with digital education. and make online courses more productive in line with the results-based education approach.
Highlighting the difficult situation facing the state which lags behind in higher education standards despite high levels of literacy and social awareness, Khan said these issues should be addressed at the earliest. since the future possibilities of the state depended on the progress of the sector. .
The Governor presented the Chancellor’s Prize for 2019 to the Vice-Chancellors of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and the Veterinary and Animal Universities of Kerala, winners in the multidisciplinary and specialist categories respectively.
While Mahatma Gandhi University and CUSAT shared the Chancellor’s Award for Multidisciplinary Universities in 2020, the Agricultural University of Kerala has been selected among the top emerging / specialist universities.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presided. Minister of Higher Education R. Bindu, Additional Chief Secretary (Higher Education) V. Venu, Deputy Chairman of Kerala State Higher Education Council Rajan Gurukkal and Member Secretary Rajan Varughese, and the vice-chancellors of various universities were present.