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4 HEC Policy on COVID-19
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The novel corona virus (2019-nCoV) is a new corona virus that has never been identified before. Corona viruses are a large family of viruses, some which cause illness in humans and some spread among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The outbreak started in December of 2019, as an anonymous respiratory group from Wuhan City, China.

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کوڈ 19 اور ایم این ایس یو اے ایم

دسمبر 2019 میں، کوڈ-19 چین کے شہر ووہان میں نمودار ہوا اور پھر اس کو مارچ 2020 میں وبائی بیماری قرار دے دیا گیا۔ یہ وہ وقت تھا جب حکومت پاکستان نے انسانوں کے لئے اس ابھرتے ہوئے خطرے کے خلاف احتیاطی اقدامات کرنے کا فیصلہ کیا تھا۔ ہائیر ایجوکیشن کمیشن (ایچ ای سی) نے حکومت پاکستان کی پالیسیوں پر عمل پیرا ہوتے ہوئے پاکستانی یونیورسٹیوں کے تمام وائس چانسلرز کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ اسکیلٹن اسٹاف کے علاوہ تمام طلباء ، اساتذہ اور دیگر ملازمین کے لئے یونیورسٹیوں کو فوری طور پر بند کرنے کے لئے ایک نکاتی ایجنڈے پر عمل کریں۔

 

یہ وہ وقت تھا جب طلبا حیران اور اپنے تعلیمی مستقبل کے بارے میں غیر یقینی صورتحال میں مبتلا تھے اور انہیں خوف تھا کہ ان کی ڈگریوں میں تاخیر ہوسکتی ہے۔ جب ان سے فوری طور پر اپنے ہاسٹل اور کیمپس خالی کرنے کو کہا گیا تو ان کی پریشانی یقین کے ساتھ بہت زیادہ بڑھ گئی تھی۔ دریں اثناء ایم این ایس یو اے ایم کی قیادت نے مستعدی اور لگن کے ساتھ مستقبل کے تعلیمی تقاضوں پر غور کیا اور یونیورسٹی کو آن لائن لرننگ مینجمنٹ سسٹم پر ڈالنے کے سلسلے میں سنجیدہ اور عملی اقدامات اٹھائے۔ ابتدائی طور پر اس زرعی یونیورسٹی میں اس نئے نظام کے بارے میں طلباء اور اساتذہ میں یکساں طور پر ہچکچاہٹ اور شبہات تھے کیونکہ شروع میں انہیں کچھ مسائل کا بھی سامنا کرنا پڑا تھا. لیکن وقت گزرنے کے ساتھ ساتھ انھوں نے سیکھ لیا ، اور خود کو اس نئے نظام کی تربیت دی۔ متحرک اور مفکر قیادت کے بروقت اور مستقبل کے فیصلوں سے اساتذہ اور طلبہ کو بھی تحریک ملی کہ مستقبل کا مکمل انحصار اس جدید نظام تعلیم پر ہے۔  لہذا انہوں نے جدید مستقبل کے ساتھ اپنی رفتار برقرار رکھنے کے لئے اس آن لائن لرننگ مینجمنٹ سسٹم کو اپنانا اور سیکھنا شروع کیا ہے. بالآخر اساتذہ اور طلبہ دونوں سے ہچکچاہٹ اور مایوسیوں کا اندھیرہ چھٹ گیا۔ اساتذہ اور طلبہ دونوں سے بالآخر ہچکچاہٹ اور مایوسیوں کا اندھیرا چھٹ گیا اور وہ آن لائن تعلیم کو بہتر بنانے کے لئے یکساں طور پر جدوجہد کر رہے ہیں۔

 

اس کے علاوہ ایم این ایس یو اے ایم دوسری بہت سی یونیورسٹیوں کے مقابلے میں ایک قدم آگے جارہی ہے جو اب اس آن لائن سیکھنے کے انتظام کے نئے نظام کو اپنانے کے بارے میں سوچ رہے ہیں جبکہ ایم این ایس یو اے ایم آئندہ سیشن 2019۔2020 میں آن لائن داخلے کے شیڈول کی منصوبہ بندی کررہی ہے۔ یہ سب پروفیسر ڈاکٹر آصف علی وائس چانسلر اور ان کی ٹیم کی بصیرت اور متحرک قیادت کی وجہ سے ممکن ہوا ہے جس نے طلباء اور اساتذہ کے سنہری وقت کو بھی بچایا اور انہیں صحیح مستقبل کی راہ پر گامزن کیا۔ممزید برآں اعلی تعلیم یافتہ برادری ہونے کے ناطے ، ہماری ذمہ داری ہے کہ ہم ان تمام لوگوں کو COVID-19 کی احتیاطی تدابیر سے آگاہ کریں ، جو اس کی حقیقت کے باوجود اسے ڈرامہ سمجھتے ہیں  اور ساتھ ہی ان لوگوں کو اخلاقی مدد اور آگاہی فراہم کرنے کی بھی ضرورت ہے  جو صرف کچھ علامات کی بنا پر خود کو کوڈ 19 کے مریض سمجھتے ہیں۔ اس میں کوئی شک نہیں کہ علامات بیماری کا پہلا اشارہ دیتے ہیں لیکن COVID-19 کی تصدیق قابل اعتماد ٹیسٹ پر منحصر ہے۔ اس میں کوئی شک نہیں کہ علامات بیماری کا پہلا اشارہ دیتے ہیں لیکن COVID-19 کی تصدیق قابل اعتماد ٹیسٹ پر منحصر ہے۔ چونکہ احتیاطی تدابیر کوویڈ 19 سے پرہیز کرنے کا بہترین انتخاب ہیں لہذا ہر ایک کو احتیاطی تدابیر پر عمل کرنا چاہئے جیسے دستانے پہننا ، ماسک ، معاشرتی دوری وغیرہ۔

 

(This article is written in English by Prof Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq and translated into Urdu using online translation facility)

3 Report on Steps taken during COVID-19

Report on various Steps/Initiatives undertaken by University during COVID-19

The health of our students and staff is a priority. While keeping all safety precautions, MNS-University of Agriculture, Multan has taken all necessary steps to minimize the effect on education and research during COVID-19 pandemic. Followings are the major steps undertaken by the university to manage the unpredictable situation in the past few months.
1. Administrative Commitment: All administrative staff is available 24/7 to cope up with changing circumstances on and off-campus. The Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans, and relevant administration staff has been actively responding and facilitating students throughout the difficult times.

 

2. Frequent Meetings: There has been weekly Executive Committee meetings to discuss and plan ahead of changing situation. All departments internally conduct meetings twice a week to devise and implement plans according to the decisions taken in the EC meeting.

 

3. Classes Resumed: University administration and faculty took immediate steps to resume all ongoing classes by shifting them online right after two weeks lockdown.

 

4. Lab/Field/Research Work Resumed: Research activities of all Postgraduate students have been resumed in fields/labs after two weeks lockdown by following all COVID-19 SoPs.

 

5. Learning Management System (LMS) Development and Deployment: Department of Computer Science and Directorate IT stepped forward to deploy university’s own Learning Management System (lms.mnsuam.edu.pk/) on local server, to facilitate teachers and students in uninterrupted online teaching and learning.

 

6. Course Readiness: To ensure the quality of online teaching, all online courses on LMS have been verified to include audio narrated lectures, course material, detail of assessment criteria and other relevant information. The courses that are ready in all aspects have been tagged ‘Online Ready’ after confirmation from Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC).

 

7. Teacher Readiness: To successfully run online classes, it is mandatory that teachers are ready to teach online and well aware of online tools and techniques required for active participation of class. To ensure this, all faculty members enrolled themselves in a 4- weeks online course offered by Coursera (Learning to Teach Online) to prepare themselves with fully online teaching.

 

8. Online Class Tutorial System: To train faculty and students, an online class tutorial system has been launched. Video tutorials are being shared to assist how to use learning management system for teaching, taking online quizzes, and submitting assignments.

 

9. Provision of Lecture Recording facility: University facilitates video recording of lectures on campus by offering a studio equipped with high quality cameras and technical expertise accessible to all faculty members.

 

10. Online Examination/Assessment: To ensure uninterrupted teaching and learning process, university launched online examination policy under the guidance of HEC. Assessment criteria was modified to spread the marks among small assessment activities rather than focusing on two major exams. By following immediate steps taken by administration and faculty members, the semester was concluded on time.

 

11. Online Admission System and Entrance Test: University successfully launched online Admission system (admissions.mnsuam.edu.pk/) to facilitate distant students and minimize on-campus admission activities. It was followed by conduct of online entrance test for post graduate admissions using LMS online quiz system.

 

12. Partial Opening of Universities: University has been partially opened on 14th September, 2020 with strict compliance of COVID SoPs. All students have been advised to strictly follow SoPs otherwise strict action will be taken. Before entering the academic blocks, it is compulsory to go through temperature check and wear face masks. Sanitisers and hand wash facility have been provided near entrance gates. The class time table has been designed to ensure social distancing within classes and to allow minimum possible number of students on campus at a time.

 

13. Studentship Program: To facilitate students and faculty on campus, Department of Computer Science hired 15 enrolled students under studentship program. These students have been trained to provide IT support services, resolve LMS issues, and assist faculty and students in using online systems.

 

14. Updated Internet Bandwidth: Keeping in view the increasing number of online activities on campus, university has gone through a drastic increase (from 50 to 150 MBs) in internet bandwidth through PERN.

 

15. VPN: University has generated Virtual Private Network (VPN) to use digital resources (including HEC digital library) off campus to facilitate distant students.

 

16. Virtual Meetings and Webinars: University has purchased licensed version of Zoom to conduct uninterrupted online classes and official meetings. Zoom Video Webinar has been acquired to conduct virtual seminars and conferences.

 

17. Random COVID-19 testing: To monitor and ensure health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, university has been conducting random COVID-19 testing on frequent basis.

 

18. Launching New Degree Programs: With untiring efforts of administration and faculty, university is not only getting along well in the existing programs, but also expanding by launching new degree programs in various departments.

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MNSUAM Organized an Awareness Webinar on “ DAILY LIFE & COVID-19”

MNS University of Agriculture, Multan conducted a webinar to raise awareness regarding “Daily life during COVID-19”. The university focal person of COVID-19, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq introduced about the webinar that was a segment of continued series of awareness sessions held by MNUSAM regarding COVID-19. Prof Dr. M. Azam Mushtaq, renowned Professor of Pulmonology, Focal Person Corona Management South Punjab and Dr. Umair Waqas, well-known Public Health & Epidemiologist were the guest speakers. Prof. Dr. Asif Ali, Vice Chancellor MNSUAM was the chief guest of this event. In this event, the speakers educated the audience about the importance of precautionary measures in their daily life activities as well as preventing themselves and their families under current scenario of COVID-19. Both speakers urged that people can be protected by following the SOPs recommended by Government of Pakistan and WHO. The speakers and Chief Guest strongly ousted the common myths circulating within the community, which largely concern the use of alternative medicines and natural remedies to cure COVID-19 as well as injecting poison to kill the patients. The speakers also urged that there is no doubt that balanced and nutritious diet along with regular exercise can empower our immunity. It was concluded that everyone must follow the preventive measure like wearing gloves, masks, and adopting social distancing in daily life as well as educating and convincing those people who are not following the SOPs. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq thanked the Chief Guest, Guest speakers, Dr. M. Azam Mushtaq, Dr. Umair Waqas for their precious time and valuable suggestions and experiences in the interactive session as well as he Organizing Committee and participants.

COVID-19 virus spreads in hot and humid environment

From the evidence available so far, the COVID-19 virus spreads to all areas, including hot and humid climates. Regardless of the weather, if you live, or go to a COVID-19 reporting area, follow the safety measures. The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to clean your hands frequently. By doing this you can remove the virus in your hands and prevent infection until it touches your eyes, mouth and nose.

Cold weather and ice cannot kill the new Coronavirus

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill new corona viruses or other diseases. Regular human body temperature ranges from 36.5 to C to 37 ° C, regardless of open temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself from new corona viruses is by rubbing alcohol-based hands or washing with soap and water.

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