Government Stanley Medical College plans to set up virtual classrooms for its students.

Last week, the college’s first virtual classroom was opened for students of the ENT department.

“We have installed a ‘smart board’ in the auditorium of the ENT outpatient department. It comprises a giant touch screen connected to a computer. We can write on it like on a conventional blackboard using marker pen or use it as a touch screen, record lectures, view PowerPoint presentations and play videos. This is to enhance teaching in the department,” said T. Balasubramanian, head of department, ENT.

The smart classroom has been established at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh, he said. “Using this technology, we can broadcast a lecture going on in one hall for students in another hall. The dean has initiated measures to get high-speed internet connectivity to bring about online classes for the college,” he said.

Dean S. Geethalakshmi said they plan to establish virtual classrooms in other departments of the college too. “Our student intake has increased from 150 to 250 this year. Establishing smart classrooms will benefit the undergraduates and postgraduates,” she said.

The ENT department has also launched ENT Wikipedia offline resource. “We have created the ENT Wikipedia, which will run offline. It consists of a portable version, which can be downloaded using a pen drive, and an installable version using a DVD,” said Dr. Balasubramanian.

It consists of all ENT resources and the department is providing the software free of cost to ENT postgraduates in government and private medical colleges, he said.

Workshop on biomedical waste

As part of National Cadet Corps (NCC) week from November 17 to 24, 1 TN Medical Unit NCC, B Company, Government Stanley Medical College, conducted a workshop on biomedical waste management on Friday.

The dean said staff at the hospital has been instructed to segregate hospital waste — general waste, sharps, infectious waste and anatomical waste — at source.

The waste should be removed within 48 hours from the place of generation and safely disposed in specified manner. She said such workshops would be extended to doctors and other workers at the hospital.

R. Selvi, head of department, microbiology, said violations were punishable in the form of imprisonment and penalty. Colonel Biswajith Ghosh, officer commanding, 1 TN Medical Unit, NCC, Mary Lily, vice-principal of the college, and M. Vijaykanth, associate NCC officer of the college, were also present the workshop.

Opened in the ENT department, the facility comprises

a giant touch screen and has been established at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh