Technology enabled continuity of learning process

Select cases from Indian institutes of higher learning on how students are facilitated with online education in the backdrop of COVID-19 Pandemic. Technology enabled continuity of learning from select institutes from India


The world, at large, has been slowly coming to terms with the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. It has literally recast many assumptions and routine matters. Yet, the full impact and nature of disruption is largely unknown. At best, we can just follow the various developments occuring around us and gain a perspective into the nature of the unfolding future.

No matter what, life goes on and the fact that our education sector is attempting to go ahead with various calendar activities like admissions, classes, examinations, internships, etc demonstrates the strength of human spirit. The internet and communication led technologies are being put to best use. Here's a round up on how our educational institutions in the higher education sector are making headway in the midst of the disruption caused by Covid-19 pandemic. 

Amity Webinars Amity University, Noida has been conducting career counselling webinars by experts in various industries on career prospects. Along with that, regular classes and viva are being conducted for the students. Online Yoga and Zumba classes are available for the physical fitness of the students.  Also, students can reach out to psychologists and counsellors 24*7 through Amity toll-free Counselling Helpline. Source:

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - VIT boasts of a fabulous physical infrastructure. Like featured already, VIT back in 2015-16 has foreseen the necessity to invest in digital infrastucture. Now, due to COVID-19, the institution is only further focussing on enhancing and utilizing its digital infrastructure. Around 46,000 students of VIT are undergoing online education. Various web-based-seminars are being conducted for students to provide insights of experts from different streams. Recently, this news story from VIT's record internships and placements inspired confidence in the resurgence and resilience abilities.   Source:

Manav Rachna University (MRU) - MRU has conducted a Virtual lab Online Training Program for faculty members in association with the Virtual Labs, IIT Delhi. The objective of this program was to strengthen the faculty members of MRU in Virtual Labs so that faculty members can enhance their online teaching skills for practical classes and enable the students to perform lab experiments through Virtual Labs, particularly in this lockdown period due to COVID-19. Source:

Rajiv Gandhi Engineering College's circular on the website dated 31 March 2020 demonstrates that learning can and will continue notwithstanding the disruption caused due to the pandemic. According to the circular, the college was quick to adapt to the online classes mode.

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun (UPES) - With COVID-19 drastically changing everyday life, the world is having to adapt. As a result, universities are finding ways to support their students and plan for the start of a new academic year. UPES’s Distance Learning Programs are tutored through an online medium to help the working professionals excel in their life. Source:

Shiv Nadar University (SNU) - SNU has reinvented its Admissions Process! In view of the lockdown, they have made it easier to apply to our undergraduate programs. Prospective candidates can apply through Remotely Proctored SNUSAT and APT from the safety of home. Shortlisted candidates who pass the tests will be informed about their personal interviews to be eligible for the final selection. Source:

Sharda UniversitySharda University’s excellence in online education during the lockdown period has brought it global recognition and is now among the first few universities in India to be awarded the very prestigious QS I.GAUGE E-LEAD CERTIFICATE. Source:

National School of Drama (NSD) - Prestigious acting schools like NSD are organizing online classes for the students through video conferencing and teleconferencing since April first week. Webinars by various actors and film industry experts are being conducted for the students, which are available on Youtube as well. Source:

Gandhi Institute of Technology & Management (GITAM) University - While travel comes to a standstill, education does not. As they say, the show must go on, and so it does with GITAM’s virtual classrooms. With up to 300 professors teaching up to 200 students in a single session, they’re keeping the engines oiled! Student participation and learning happens through any device, with the ability to record and revisit lessons. Source:

Jagannath International Management School (JIMS) - As coronavirus closes colleges, Faculty of JIMS Kalkaji, a Top B school in Delhi braced for massive experiments in online classes and online leadership talks. They adopted technology and set up online classes well. JIMS Kalkaji has led the way on what's likely to become the largest experiment in India. Source:



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