IIT Bombay will bring some undergraduate and postgraduate students living in remote areas without e-learning solutions back to campus in order to reduce the number of drop-outs due to a full online semester from August 10th.
Dr. Subhasis Chaudhuri, the Director, also called on students to contribute towards raising funds for students who had no e-learning equipment. The institute now received over Rs 4 crore and pursued interest-free loan applications from students who couldn’t access online learning because of the lack of funding. Genuine applicants are going to get RS 40,000 on laptops and Rs 7,000 for the internet.
The Infrastructure Repurposing Committee of the university, which is part of the Covid 19 task force, has put in place measures to make the required distance between workers and students entering the campus. For dining halls, acrylic sheets have been placed on each table to facilitate distancing.
Squares measuring 150 square meters per person are built to allow distancing in laboratories. The institute is working to change air-conditioned rooms and to help improve technologies aimed at minimizing infection opportunities.
The institute also approached senior doctoral students with a view to partially reopening the campus to promote work completion. It sent email to 128 students, as to whether they wish to return to campus. 28 of them gave their agreement. In the second phase of this week, the institute will send an email to scholars in other cities, who will have to quarantine for 14 days at the hostel.