File photograph: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on May 3 held a telephonic conference with the professors and associate professors of different universities of the state and sought their views and opinions regarding the prevailing situation in consideration of COVID-19 pandemic.

Altogether 2,645 professors and associate professors of 11 universities of the state participated in the telephonic conference. “Teachers are seen as the guides of the society and to break the stagnation brought by COVID-19 and revive the socio-economic condition of the state, the suggestion offered by professors of universities would go a long way in formulating future action plans,” the chief minister said.

Thanking the teachers and students of universities for their cooperation in making the both phases of lockdown successful, the chief minister called for their support in the extended period of lockdown as well and sought their active participation in making the people aware about the observance of COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols.

Saying that students’ learning process had been affected by the lockdown, Sonowal underlined the role of teachers in the present scenario through increased use of technology as alterative to classroom teaching methods.

He called on the university teachers to devise a strategy to teach those students in rural areas who do not have access to internet connection or smartphones while at the same time maintaining social distancing norms.

The chief minister also took various suggestions from university professors about preparing the future framework for continuing educational development in the state. They apprised the chief minister about the ways students have been taught during the lockdown.

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