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NIIT University’s refreshing approach to learning makes transition smoother for freshers

January 25, 2020
“Making the transition from high school to college is a defining moment because your career depends on it. The pandemic made the decision trickier but once I had made the right choice, NIIT University made the transition as smooth as possible,” says Krishna Bhargav Ganti, Hyderabad youngster, who has opted for B.Tech. program at the university. Unusual times called for unique measures. He tells us how his university delivered without compromising on his early college days’ experience.

Industry-linked, research driven, technology-based and seamless; four pillars of NIIT University were what drove Krishna to the campus. Albeit, only virtually in times of the pandemic. “During the lockdown I learned a lot about the university through interactions with seniors and alumni. I also had my queries answered by different departments, and the sessions they held virtually made me realize the diversity of the University, which was quite helpful,” he adds. That was just an indicator of how things would shape as the academic year commenced.

This time students had to face two novelties – college life, and online learning. Krishna remembers how freshers were grouped into clusters to discuss different aspects of learning at the University, its vision. “The learning portal made it easier to access data, join classes and record sessions. Use of Moodle for online exams also helped us get a hang of virtual learning and tests. They used Whiteboard on Zoom to explain topics and solve problems in real time. It was like learning in an actual classroom without any hiccups,” he maintains.

However college experience for freshers is a lot more than classroom learning. Keeping various aspects of campus life in mind, NIIT University took measures to offer students an immersive experience. Krishna recollects first interactions with fellow students through Whatsapp and calls before groups were formed on the platform. “There have been several informal meetings with seniors to build relations. Events like Sinusoid and IngeNUity brought us closer to our seniors, and helped us experience campus life remotely,” he says with a sense of camaraderie.

From shutting down the campus early as the pandemic hit to switching to online mode of learning without wasting any time, Krishna believes NIIT University got its response to the lockdown just right. And it helped unlock the true potential for learning on this dynamic platform while helping him truly integrate into college life without any obstacles.
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