With the COVID-19 pandemic looking to take things down till the end of the year, IIT Bombay has found a middle way out. To ensure that students are safe the institute has decided to go ahead with the new academic session with no ‘face to face’ classes till the end of the year. Doing so IIT Bombay has become the 1st major institute in the country to do so.
The decision would mean that for the first time in the institute’s 62-year-old history that a new academic year will start with no students on campus. In a post on Facebook, the director of IIT Bombay said that the upcoming semester of the university would run purely in online mode.
“For IIT Bombay, students are the first priority. We took the first step in India in concretely deciding how we must bring a closure to the current semester to help our students“, wrote director Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri. ” But given the current condition of the pandemic, how do we plan for the next semester for our students? Again, after a long deliberation in the Senate, we have decided today that the next semester will be run purely in the online mode so that there is no compromise on the safety and well-being of the students“, he adds.
The post by the director also asked for donation for students “from economically less privileged families” studying in the institute. “We have estimated that we need about Rs 5 crores to help those needy students. We look forward to your overwhelming support to help these bright young minds to continue their learning without any further hindrances or delays“, he wrote. Other IITs are also expected to make the move as the new sessions are to begin next month.