IIT Bombay Scraps Classroom Lectures For This Year, First To Do So
Mumbai/ New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has taken the lead in becoming the first major institute to scrap all classroom lectures for the rest of the year in the interest of the safety of the students amid the rising cases of coronavirus. IIT Bombay Director Subhasis Chaudhuri put this up in a Facebook post last night. He said the decision was made “after a long deliberation”, reported NDTV.
“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,” Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri wrote.
“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 further said.
The semester for undergraduate and post-graduate courses is scheduled to begin in July. The post also had an appeal for donation for students “from economically less privileged families”.
“A large section of our students come from economically less privileged families and would require a helping hand to equip them with the IT hardware (i.e. laptops and broadband connectivity ) to take these online classes,” the post read.
“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, making an appeal for donations.