The Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has forced schools and colleges across India to close temporarily and it had created a big gap in regular education system. To bridge this gap, the teachers of Department of Fashion Technology from GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) Ghumar Mandi organized a two week special workshop through online mode for the students of BSc Fashion Design.

The practice oriented workshop included pattern making, designing, art and craft and garment making. The classes were conducted using online lectures and assignments through platforms like Google Classroom and other popular social media applications. The discussion groups were managed virtually to share practical tips and training sessions apart from sharing reading material, answer queries from students and discuss course work among the students. Peer group learning was encouraged during the workshop.Through this online teaching and learning, students used their time positively while being at home and kept themselves in touch with their studies.Is not easy to impart training in practical courses like fashion designing and drawing patterns without face to face interaction. Still the students managed to learn the practical skills through such online modes, said Prof. Prerna Sharma. As shops were closed and the students were not possessing the material required like craft paper,textile, paints and brushes, they were made to use the waste material available at home like old calendars greeting cards, reverse sides of marriage cards and old clothes.The students did stitching work, garment cutting, drawing and pattern making through online workshop sessions.

Fashion designing needs hands on experience and and the skills for that are possible to be imbibed through physical face to face interactions. This online mode workshop broke the barriers and students did exceedingly well by completing the given tasks through video calling and other virtual interactions, said Prof. Rajul Jain.

Fashion designing is highly skill oriented course and this lock down could have hampered their training a lot. But this workshop enabled the students to depend upon self learning also, said Dr. SP Singh former vice chancellor Guru Nanak Dev University and presently president of Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council (GKEC) while congratulating the teachers and students for this enormous effort.

Arvinder Singh, general secretary of GKEC appreciated the concept of online workshop. It is important to to channelise energy and creativity of students even during such a distressing period through meaningful tasks, he added.

Prof. Manjit Singh Chhabra, director, GGNIMT said that the students responded to the workshop with zing and zeal which made the teachers to feel confident to carry rhe workshop on for a longer period.

The penchant for acquiring and developing creativity and skills cannot stay silent for a long and the strong passion knows no boundaries whatever the circumstances are. The teachers and students of Fashion Design possessed that passion and executed the same through meaningful creations while sitting at home, said Dr Harpreet Singh principal GGNIMT.

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