In the beginning of month of march when the government forced the closure of all the schools and colleges all over India, it seemed that the education system would come to halt completely. Although, we at Prakash Institute were on the verge of completing the syllabus of Physiotherapy course, as our students appear for their annual examination by the end of May. Our students were still apprehensive about completing the remaining portion of syllabus and revision of the previous topics. Even we as faculty were concerned about the future of our students, when our management took the decision to start online classes for students in the beginning of April as directed by CCS university.
For us as faculty, it was a total new experience. We started with video conferencing app ZOOM which seemed like a lifeline for all of us. Not given any official training for the same but the app being friendly was adapted by all of us. Later, when the government issued advisory against the safety policy of ZOOM app we shifted to JIO meet app as directed by UP State medical faculty. The Pandemic changed the concept and understanding of learning process. We found this to be more synergistic way of teaching. The faculty made power point presentations of various left over syllabus and revision topics and presented to students. They also shared the slides with them so that they can review it in their free time and make essential notes of it. Almost all batches showed full attendance and the records of all these classes went to the administration and then to the University. All this brought “COLLEGE AT HOME” for students studying in all streams of Prakash Institute. It also encouraged one to one interaction between the faculty and batches.
We faculty in the course for Physiotherapy program after completing the syllabus also took some doubt sessions in which we solved past few years question papers of all the subjects. We wanted our students of BPT course and MPT course to come out with flying colours when they appear for exams. It was a tough time for all of us, as lock down enforced by the government had brought life at personal front also to come to stand still. By the end May, the college administration helped us in organizing NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL WEBINARS. The administration was concerned about keeping their students occupied in these difficult times as well as giving them opportunities to learn something new about Physiotherapy course. All these sessions were kept free of cost for students. We got an overwhelming response from not only NCR region but also from colleges of Physiotherapy all over India.
The schedule for webinar was as described below:
|SN||TYPE||TOPIC OF WEBINAR||RESOURCE PERSON||DATE|
|1||NATIONAL||Role of NDT in STROKE Rehabilitation||Dr. Harpreet Sachdev||30th May|
|2||NATIONAL||Manual Hyperventilation in Cardio-pulmonary patients||Dr Banty Sheware||6th June|
|3||NATIONAL||BPPV – Approach to diagnosis and Treatment||Dr. Sunil Bhatt||9th June|
|4||NATIONAL||Clinical Reasoning for Shoulder joint||Dr. Sanjay Sarkar||10th June|
|5||INTERNATIONAL||Clinical Reasoning of Lumbar Spine||Dr Sachin Parab (UK)||15th June|
|6||NATIONAL||Phase 1 Cardiac Rehabilitation||Dr. Shivam Srivastava||17th June|
|7||INTERNATIONAL||Awareness of Basic Rheumatology in MSK practice||Dr. D Chandrasekhar (UK)||20th June|
|8||NATIONAL||Assessment and Management of Patellofemoral Pain||Dr. Gaurav Shori||23rd June|
|9||NATIONAL||Applied Anatomy of Back Region||Dr. Sanjay Sarkar||24th June|
|10||INTERNATIONAL||Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and their PT management||Dr Mukta Chauhan (US)||26th JUNE|
We tried to cover all the important topics which we come across in our clinical practice so that the students are able to understand the normal Indian as well as International protocols. It was a learning experience for both Faculty and Students. We are really grateful to the strong administration of Prakash Institute who stand behind us as pillars and motivate us at every step to do something more for this profession as our Commitment to the Excellence of Teaching and Learning.
With the University exams for final year students ending by the end of September, we also intend to commence the classes of the remaining batches regularly from the 1st of October. We, at Prakash Institute are working day and night to shape the future of our students so that they become better health care parctitioners.