LUCKNOW: The COVID-19 outbreak at Lucknow University infected four other teachers on Saturday, taking the number of people infected with the virus out of 19, disrupting online teaching in nine departments.
With two members of the physics and engineering departments infected, about 13 scholars have identified the virus in the past ten days. According to students, the number of lectures per day has already dropped after they went from offline to online classes and now that teachers are infected, they have never had a single section of a particular paper this past week. The university has been moved to an online teaching mode since April 1 following the death of retired professor of the Department of Animal Health, Professor A.K. Sharma, due to Covid 19 and at least six members of the faculty tested positive.
The departments where teaching is most affected are Sanskrit, Physics, Engineering and English with three members each with a coronavirus virus. Commerce and Fine arts have two Covid-19 cases each while the chemical, philosophical and public administration departments have recorded one case each.
“We have had just four online papers of two papers each in the last ten days. Most of our teachers have been tested for COVID. The biggest fear for all students is that we have five months behind the schedule and if our lectures are not held, the syllabus will not be completed in time. We have to appear for a self-assessment, “said B.A. (second year) B.A. student Saurabh Pandey.” When classes were not held offline we had three lectures every day but as teaching has shifted to online mode there is only one lesson. There are days when there is no phase.
Our only professor who regularly studied in these classes was tested for COVID positive, ”said B.Com (first semester) student Ankit Singh. At the Physics department, two other professors became infected on Saturday after which the superintendent, Professor N.K. Pandey, handed over to another technical member the papers of the appropriate teachers. LU spokesman Durgesh Srivastava said, “We have asked the head of department to make temporary arrangements by handing over the courses of the tested unit to another teacher.”Meanwhile, several non-teaching staff and three girls were tested positive. The dean (Arts) and head of department Jyotir Vigyan and director of the Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy, Padma Shri Prof Brijesh Shukla (58) died fighting the virus.