July 20, New Delhi: The whole world is facing an unprecedented crisis and this crisis will change the way we think the life is, and especially for the students. There are two ways of looking at Covid, it is one of the biggest biological warfare in the world, and this is the world’s largest natural calamity or phenomenon in terms of sprit of a natural virus.
To give a ray of hope and proper guidance for the students of MBBS, The Policy Times in association with Checkmate organized a webinar on ‘Study from Home in Covid-19: Make the Crisis an Opportunity’ on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from New Delhi. The session was especially for students of Bangladesh and Ukraine to understand the crisis and how Covid can be an opportunity, and how they can overcome this pandemic situation and what are the steps they should take in the future for education.
One of the eminent speakers Prof. (Dr.) B. K Dam, Principal of Barind Medical College, Rajshahi, gave remarks on how the disrupted situation turned into a better scenario for both students and teachers. He said, “After lockdown was imposed on March 17, we had to close all the colleges but from the month of April we started with the online classes and the percentage of students attending the classes is 80-85%. All the professors are delivering the lectures online every day for the benefit of the students. Initially it was not possible but after 5 to 7 days there was an interactive session where students asked different questions and got answers for their problems”.
“Now, recently we are not facing any kind of problems and I want to assure all the parents. We are regularly holding academic council meeting, where the pros and cons regarding the exams, classes were discussed. Medical education is not always possible through online, because students have to visit hospitals, examine patients face the item exams, different profession exams”, he added.
Dr. Dam once again assured the parents, “To not to be nervous and afraid, because your child will take a reasonable good amount of education from the medical colleges of Bangladesh.”
Prof(Dr.) Anup Rahman Chowdhury, Head of Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, TMSS Medical College, said, “We have organised item exam for the irregular students, cut final exams for the students and we have a plan to take the term examinations for the MBBS students. As the students could not take their book and copies of lecture, an online platform has been formed to upload the books and the lectures so that it becomes beneficial for the students and for the students who resides in villages or where there is poor internet connection, we have plan to upload offline video lectures for them. The final year students’ needs to visit the hospitals and examine the patients, thus it is really a big problem and this is where online system of education has its limitation, but we are trying to overcome the problem. We are all suffering from depression, medical education sector has been affected massively and as online class can never replace of the regular face to face practical based classes, but we have to do this for the time being as an alternative of the teaching.
Concerning on the reading technique of students, Prof. Rajdeep Dutta, Educationist & Scientist, said, “The students should change their reading techniques, which will help in coping up with a lot of things within a small period of time. We all read our books horizontally, but we should read our books vertically, because horizontally reading the books creates a tiredness in the retina and along with it full concentration and focus will help in learning a book faster and within short period”.
“One should always make a proper plan of the chapters before reading the whole book, as our brain can directly get a glimpse of the chapter and the content written in it after seeing the subtitles. One should at first give a thorough reading of the chapter, then make an analysis of the chapter and then make small or micro notes of the chapter on your own, then critically examine the chapter and find about the possible questions that can come in the exams”, he added. The last part of better way of learning is self-optimising, as many times as we optimise our subject it will in return convert it in our permanent memory, and our brain keeps a vast amount of information in comparison with all other memory devices and it keeps right information or helps in brain mapping. It should be done in a very simple way without taking any stress”.
Dr. Dutta believes, “The Great learners are the Best earners, so if you study more you’ll earn more and be a change maker for the world.”
The webinar was joined by eminent speakers from the medical sectors, including Prof. (Dr.) B. K Dam, Principal of Barind Medical College, RajshahiProf (Dr.) Anup Rahman Chowdhury, Head, Foreign Student Desk (FSD) &Head of Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, TMSS Medical College and Prof Rajdeep Dutta, Renowned Educationist & Scienti