Mumbai University is now planning to set up virtual classrooms in 40 of its colleges to improve the teaching quality in colleges. It is important for the aspirants to note that the classrooms will now be used to relay live lectures by leading academicians and eminent personalities for students of colleges with limited resources. According to the MU registrar, MA Khan the lectures will be recorded in the university existing virtual classroom at the Kalina campus and telecast live to these college. There are forty affiliated colleges, which also need infrastructure assistance. They have also been identified from suburban Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Thane for the project. Among the faculty members industry experts and nobel laureates will be included.

The programme will also be an expansion of the university’s virtual classroom project that is currently used to deliver lectures, workshops and seminars to more than 400 affiliated colleges, mostly in the city, through a virtual learning tool. It is expected that the university will bear a one-time cost of Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh to install the virtual classroom units in the colleges. The colleges will also need to pay Rs1.2 lakh annually to maintain the units.

It is also important to note that an agency has also been appointed to facilitate the functioning of the programme and coordinate with the colleges and the university. It is also important to note that the technical committee in the university will handle the technical details; the guidelines for the programme are yet to be drawn up. ALSO READ: Mumbai University to set up offshore campus in US 

The proposal has been passed by the management council as well as the academic council. The the university has also been informed about the selected colleges and is also awaiting their response. Thereafter, the details, including the frequency of the lectures and the selection of speakers, will be chalked out. ALSO READ: Mumbai University to launch five degree programmes in film-making in collaboration with the Ramesh Sippy RSACE