Express news service
CHENNAI: After studying Class 12 fully online, students look forward to face-to-face college life. But the wait should be longer for most engineering students, as several colleges have decided to offer first-year courses online.
Anna University has a special induction program in place to help students get to know each other and give them a feel for campus life. As part of this, the early years will have human values lectures, yoga sessions, games, and a campus tour. Only orientation courses and the integration program will take place in person (until November 13), and thereafter, the courses will be online.
“For now, we have decided to organize first year courses online. In February, students will be called to campus for practical lessons, ”Anna University Vice-Chancellor R Velraj said. Most of TN’s 440 engineering schools have similar plans.
“Many first year students are under the age of 18 and are not vaccinated. Because of their safety, colleges don’t want to organize face-to-face classes for them, ”said TD Eswaramoorthy, co-secretary of the Consortium of Self-Financing Professional Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu.
He added that colleges are now focusing on completing practical courses and programs for second, third and final year students, and conducting courses for them in a phased manner.
The students, meanwhile, are unhappy. “I just don’t know when I’m going to get rid of the online courses. I thought after coming to engineering school life would be different, ”said Anna University student S Swaroopa.
All students assigned to the regular BE and B Tech programs at Anna University Colleges have been invited to come forward for counseling from October 25-27. On October 29, an orientation course will be organized and the introductory program for the first years From November 1 to 13.
“The induction program is designed to help new students bond with each other and with faculty members as well,” Velraj added.