Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has scrapped offline conduction of classes till the year ends. The authorities are also requesting donations for underprivileged students of the University to provide the laptops and proper internet connectivity.
IIT Bombay came to be the first institute to terminate face to face classes for the rest of the year. Keeping the social distancing norms in mind due to the ongoing pandemic, the order has been passed.
In a notification came late Wednesday night, supervisor Subhasis Chaudhuri said the university would teach the next semester “ completely in the online mode so that there is no concession on the safety and well being of the student’s pupils”.
The COVID catastrophe has made us at IIT Bombay reconsider the way we provide education to our students. To assure that our students begin the educational year without further pause, we are scheming on comprehensive online classes details of which will be notified to all students in due course of time, he shared in a post, close to midnight.
This would be the first time in the history of IIT Bombay that new academic session will initiate without a single student on the campus.
It is certain, many other universities would also follow the same pattern through online lectures and videos.
The institute’s Director has also urged to donate to bridge the digital gap. A large portion of IIT Bombay’s students belong to the economically weaker section of the society and the authority does not want this decision to be stressful to those students.
We do not want a sole student to miss out on the learning experience for the scarcity of money. We have calculated that we need about Rs 5 crores to help those underprivileged students. Our alumni have devoted a good amount of support, but that is not sufficient for all these needy learners and I beg through this message your donations, however less it may be, Chaudhuri, jotted down in his Facebook post. Thereafter, chiefs of various departments sent emails to all students asking who all do not have access to a personal computer or laptop and internet service.
IIT Delhi is also planning to have the same procedure.
IIT Delhi director, V. Ramagopal Rao told, there is all probability that we will operate our next semester entirely online. All the theory parts of the lessons will be taught online and the practicals will be completed once the students are back to the premises.
Looking at the rising number of cases in Delhi, it won’t be possible to summon students on the campus. Ph.D. students need to report whenever there is any practical or research work. The freshers will most probably come in the month of December.