In the wake of coronavirus cases, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has become the first major institute to scrap all face-to-face lectures for the rest of the year.
In a Facebook post, IIT Bombay Director Subhasis Chaudhuri said the decision was made after a long deliberation.
“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,” Chaudhuri wrote in the post.
“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 to take these online classes,” the post read.