The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has announced an online semester for the 1st year UG students on Wednesday. The institute will commence the orientation programme for the new batch of students on 11th November. The classes for all the students will commence from 16th November 2020. Dr. Subhasis Chaudhuri, the director of IIT-Bombay posted a statement on social media.
As per the statement, the first week of instruction will be a ‘zero’ week. During this period, the students will be directed on how to take up online exams and attend lectures. Chaudhuri further said, ‘Our student mentors will be reaching out to you beforehand and help you to get properly oriented so that your onboarding becomes a smooth one. There will be an orientation for parents or guardians also as they need to help you study from home.’
He said that the institute has planned the semesters in such a way that the students can finish the whole academic year by the end of June. The students will get 1 month of summer vacation next year. Further, the semester dates will be synchronous with the remaining batches. The academic year at IIT Bombay will function in the semester mode between August and December and January and June.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the autumn and spring semesters for the next batch of undergraduates will be conducted from November to March and March to July. This information has been given to the students in their offer letter. The institute won’t provide hostel facility to the students due to the scarcity of available rooms and COVID-19 restrictions, states the letter.
The candidates were asked to be completely equipped with basic facilities to take part in online sessions. On the other hand, the institute plans to find the students who don’t have resources for online education and support them. Chaudhari further stated, ‘There is no change in the overall curriculum or subject syllabi. We have just deferred labs and workshops for the subsequent semester as additional load.’
As per the guidelines issued by the institute’s campus rebooting committee, only one student can accommodate in one room in the hostel. Despite the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the nation, IIT-Bombay has decided to begin classes for the students following the center’s guidelines. For more latest educational updates such as the exams, reopening of institutes, and more, just visit our website regularly.