On Wednesday, an online semester was announced by IIT-Bombay for first-year undergraduate students. On November 11, the orientation program for the new batch will start while the classes will begin on November 16.
Dr. Subhasis Chaudhuri, the Director, said in a post on social media that the first week of instruction will be a ‘zero’ week where students will be guided on how to attend lectures and exams online.
Chaudhuri said that the student mentors will be reaching out to the students beforehand and will be helping them to get properly oriented so that their onboarding becomes a smooth one. There will also be an orientation program for parents or guardians also as they need to help the students in studying from home.
The semesters have been planned in such a manner that the entire syllabus can be completed by the end of June. He added that a month of summer vacation will be given to the students next year after which the semester dates will be synchronous with the rest of the batches.
Usually, the academic year at IIT-Bombay usually runs in the semester mode from August to December and January to June. The autumn and spring semesters for incoming undergraduate batches will be held from November to March and from March to July because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as stated in the offer letter that was given to the students.
The letter read that hostel accommodation will not be provided by the institute due to the paucity of available rooms and COVID-19 restrictions.
To attend online sessions, the students have been asked to be fully equipped with basic facilities to attend online sessions. The institute has also planned to identify and support students who do not have resources for online education.
Chaudhuri also said that there is no change in the overall curriculum or subject syllabi. They have just deferred labs and workshops for subsequent semesters as additional load.
The institute has so far allowed a select number of Ph.D. students to return to campus to complete their research and postgraduate students unable to avail online education from home.
One room can be occupied by only one student in the hostel according to the guidelines by the institute’s campus rebooting committee.