Online and Offline Classes: From a University Professor’s Perspective

I didn’t expect a full year of working from home to completely change my approach towards work.

Anangsha Alammyan
5 min readJul 18, 2021


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I’m an assistant professor of civil engineering at NIT Silchar, an institute of national importance in India.

Before the pandemic hit the country, my job was pretty interesting. The regular interactions with the students were an enriching experience. The discussions and exchange of ideas with them were intellectually stimulating.

The pandemic changed all that.

Compared to walking into a lecture hall packed with students, doing online classes feels like watching a cooking show to sate your hunger when you’re famished. Nothing beats the adrenaline rush of seeing a hall full of appreciative faces at the end of a good lecture.

After a year and a half of working from home, my whole perspective towards my job has changed. This post recalls my experiences and how online classes have turned the teaching experience around for me.

The breeding ground of ideas is now just a lecture

Before the pandemic, classes used to be the highlight of my day.