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It has been four months since India saw the first lockdown due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. It changed the way people worked, interacted and traded with others. Many leading educational institutions in and around Ahmedabad have proposed to incorporate some of these aspects into their curriculum in the way of a course, project, seminar-webinar or case study.
Prof. Shailesh Gandhi, Dean (Program), IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A), said that a set of courses like Economics of Pandemics and Operations Research (OR) is proposed for the next year. “Similarly, we have proposed to include a discussion on Kovid-19 on GDP growth, fiscal policies and the impact on monetary policies during macroeconomic activities,” he said.
Similarly, at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), students are likely to study how the changing dynamics of the workplace can be legally viewed – including the application of labor laws – in the Kovid world. Professor S Shantakumar, director of GNLU, said that they are in the process of identifying the effects of the epidemic on social, economic, legal and political spheres and what can be integrated into educational work.
“For example, Kovid-19 will have a module on labor law challenges with a focus on those employed in the informal sector,” he said, noting that the Kovid-19 on the banking sector will be a module of the latter. The effects of insolvency and insolvency, the effects of force in the post-Kovid world and the responsibilities of the state in the context of the global epidemic.
“We have introduced a new curriculum new Global Governance, Change and Transformation which looks at the way the world sees the impact of the Kovid crisis and various governance models. It forces students to learn how Kovid is going to deal with the business of the world to the world, ”said Prof Ashutosh Dutt, President of PGP Program at MICA. “Digital transformation, restructuring of brand governance and market impact are also included in this course.”
MICA has also launched a podcast and an online lecture series examining the ‘new normal’ and its impact on society at large.
At IIPH Gandhinagar (IIPH-G), students are participating in an online lecture series by global experts on Kovid-19. Prof. Dilip Mavalankar, director of IIPH-G, said that public health is the focal point of the current epidemic and he found it important to provide best global practices to students. “Thus, students are now directly interacting with experts around the world such as Kovid diffusion patterns, modeling, learning from cities, and treatment protocols,” he said.
NID Ahmedabad director Praveen Nahar said that the Premier Design Institute has focused on practical aspects of design to enhance ongoing efforts against the epidemic. “Many people of NIDI have participated in hackathons and competitions on the subject of Kovid-19. We recently organized a hackathon in partnership with Motwani Jadeja Foundation, where we received 500 entries to find solutions related to the epidemic, ”he said. He said there was also a focus on Kovid-related solutions by the National Design Business Incubator (NDBI) run by NID that mentions student projects.
A new spin for practical work
From this semester, Sept University teachers have been emphasizing on using interactive online tools, where they can easily change designs on shared screens. University officials said it would be an important professional tool for budding architects and thus they decided to insist on shared work on planning boards.
At IIT Gandhinagar, students can now earn up to 16 credits from online courses. Officials said this not only increased the choice for students, but also gave them flexibility to work. IIT-GN Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) Professor Kabir Jasuja said that they are identifying more ways to review student performance through quizzes, assignments, take-home exams and viva voce. “Lab work will be started when students return to campus,” he said.
Similarly, at Nirma University’s Institute of Technology, officials are covering theoretical aspects of related subjects, as the university’s director, Dr. RN Patel said that practical work will be done after the university opens. “Our students are encouraged to work on Kovid-themed projects to gain invaluable experience,” he said.
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