SU evolves drastic parallel plan to save academic damage likely on account of protracted Covid 19 confinement

e are brought to cope with unprecedented challenges. These are unusual times mandating unparalleled strategies to cope with academic losses we are likely to incur on account of turbulence, disturbance, and impediments caused by the pandemic Corona literally crippling us to carry on in normal course academic activity at our respective varsities. 


This said SU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat while chairing an online video-conference meeting of SU Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. 


” We need to explore and introduce innovative, dramatic and novel online, virtual teaching-learning option to minimize academic and research damage that has become too very conspicuous in the ongoing epidemic crisis and subsequent mass immobility across the globe”, Dr. Burfat stressed. 


The Vice-Chancellor was joined in this online discussion by Incharge Dean Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Prof. Dr. Jawaid Ahmed Chandio, SU Registrar Dr. Ameer Ali Abro, Institute Directors, Department Chairpersons, and faculty from within the Faculty domain. 


Dean Dr. Chandio and others in the interactive loop informed the Vice-Chancellor that all teachers had already conferred students with 40 marks assignments that would be accounting for the midterm examinations they would have taken if all were normal. 


The Varsity’s Director Internet Services Dr. Yasir Arafat Malkani informed that they were working on a parallel plan that comprised two options: A and B. He added that as per option A they were exploiting social media tools like email communication, FaceBook page links, Google devices, and WhatsApp streams to academically interact with students; adding that as per option B they were developing a full-fledged and efficient Virtual Learning Management System (VLMS) with a view to integrating teaching-learning materials being prepared by faculty through student E-portal medium and other online domains if the lockdown situation prevailed beyond anticipated timeframe. 


Academic Heads of various teaching departments shared with Dr. Burfat that they had already impressed upon faculty within their respective venues to begin working on developing and designing online teaching modules to administer in case the need be. 


Vice-Chancellor Dr. Burfat, appreciating the efforts of all stakeholders, expressed satisfaction over the ground covered in the given context up until then, underlined the need for concerted endeavors in continuation; in step with the apt and opportune guidelines by Higher Education Commission Islamabad