Amaravati: In an attempt to ensure that students are not deprived of education amid Covid-19 lockdown, the Andhra Pradesh government has been conducting online classes.

According to the data provided by the state, over 24,000 students have made use of online learning facility, with 933 teachers taking part in virtual classes. The digital classes have been conducted using Skype, Cisco, Teamlink, Google Meet and Microsoft Team.

As of now, 5,979 virtual classes have been organised covering various streams such as B. Tech, M. Tech, BA, MA, MCA, MBA among other disciplines. In addition to this, there are separate arrangements for students who are unable to access the online facility. Students who cannot access the lectures in real-time virtually may access the classes via YouTube later. They can also access lecture notes shared via WhatsApp and email.

WhatsApp group for students in every school

To make education accessible during this lockdown period, the government plans to ensure creation of a WhatsApp group for every school, which includes the teachers and Class X students. Question-answers, pre-recorded webinars, lectures can be provided on every subject topic through the WhatsApp group. For teachers, a webinar series has been organised since May 4.

Some universities are providing counseling sessions to address issues of depression, anxiety amid Covid-19 lockdown. As of now, Sri Padmavati Mahila Vishvavidalayam, Adikavi Nannaya and Yogi Vemana University are the universities offering counselling.

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