It is my pleasure to welcome another batch of new students to Gurudas College for the academic session of 2020-2021. It has been a difficult and unusual year for all of us, living through a global pandemic. The experience of lockdown, social distancing, and the spectre of human misery across the world has been a haunting experience for all of us. The Gurudas College community has experienced its share of losses. We collectively mourn those whom we have lost to the pandemic.
The experience of the Cyclone Amphan was yet another shock for the people of West Bengal. The Gurudas College premises were battered by the cyclone as well and undertook considerable infrastructural damage because of the same.
Amidst all this, life goes on. In the words of Rabindranath Tagore, our guiding spirit, “Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.” And so we have risen to the challenge of the pandemic and natural disasters through switching to online teaching. Our teachers have developed unique strategies to engage with students in this period, keeping in mind the different needs of different student groups, and the reality of India’s digital divide. The college has acquired a dedicated online education platform in order to ensure live streaming and recording of classes for future playback. Teachers have combined the use of the formal platform with informal modes, such as WhatsApp groups, to ensure that students on the less fortunate side of the digital divide are not penalized for the same. …Read More