Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, on Monday organized a one-day workshop, hands-on session on virtual lab in collaboration with IIT Delhi for faculty and students from various colleges in the region of Cashmere.
The workshop was chaired by the Director in Charge NIT Srinagar, Prof. MF Wani while the Head of Physics Department, Dr. MA Shah was the chairman of the workshop. Prof. Seemin Rubab was the organizer and Dr. Mohd Zubair Ansari was the program coordinator.
In a special message, Prof. Rakesh Sehgal, Director of NIT Srinagar, extended his best wishes to the Physics Department for the success of the workshop.
Dr. Tanmay Tarun Das (Outreach In-Charge Virtual Labs) IIT Delhi and Mr. Prateek Sharma (Team In-Charge Virtual Labs) IIT Delhi were the experts for the one-day workshop.
On the occasion, Prof. MF Wani said that over the past few years, online education has seen a significant transformation in terms of learning methods and techniques.
He said the workshop aimed to raise awareness about virtual labs. This will help empower teachers and students to use and integrate these labs into the teaching-learning process.
In his message, the Registrar of the Institute, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari, said virtual labs are great digital resources that help reduce costs and improve student productivity.
“Students or researchers can work from anywhere and seamlessly combine the convenience and ease of use offered by contemporary technology,” he said.
HOD Physics Dr MA Shah said that physics is the science of experimental learning and its concepts are intellectual and therefore difficult to understand.
He said that with many challenges in mind, there was a need to find an alternative or innovative way for students to conduct experiments anytime, anywhere and in any situation.
Dr. Shah mentioned that virtual labs provide opportunities for students to achieve learning goals and have emerged in schools and universities as a powerful tool over the past few years.
“These labs will serve as a bridge to understand theory and real-life events. I hope the virtual sessions can help in the teaching and learning process by giving students the opportunity to learn from dawn on.” , did he declare.
Dr. Shah expressed his gratitude to NIT Srinagar Director, Prof. (Dr.) Rakesh Sehgal for his constant support to the department. He also thanked the resource persons, organizers and participants for their participation in the workshop.
On occasion, Professor GA Harmian, former Dean (R&C) said to use virtual labs; teachers can easily explain complex theoretical concepts to students through an immersive visual experience that can make it easier for students to understand.
“It provides remote access to simulation-based laboratories in various science and engineering disciplines. Internet-based experimentation further enables the use of additional web resources, video lectures, animated demonstrations and self-assessment,” he said.
Earlier, coordinator Dr. Mohd Zubair Ansari presented a brief introduction to the workshop. He said virtual labs are anywhere, any pace, anytime, any type of lab. This is a paradigm shift in student-centered online education.
During the farewell session, a quick test was conducted and ten toppers received gifts from Professor S Rubab.
In his speech, Professor Rubab said such labs allow students to better understand concepts, which is otherwise difficult to offer with limited equipment and funding.
The PG students and department researchers worked hand in hand with the coordinator, Dr. Zubair, to put everything in order and Dr. Shah expressed his gratitude for their hard and disciplined work.
A formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Harkirat Singh. He expressed his gratitude to the invited experts and to all the participants, for making this event a great success.