IIT Bhilai semester shall continue to be online for the new batch of BTech students

November 10, 2020: The new batch of BTech students shall commence their first semester online at IIT Bhilai on November 18. The institute has adjusted its academic program to ensure that classes and labs that require physical presence are not offered this semester. Instead, courses originally slated to be offered in later semesters that can be taught online will be offered during this rescheduled semester.

The JEE Advanced exam was held on September 27, 2020, owing to the spread of Covid19. Results were announced on October 5 and online counselling for admission to IITs through JoSAA ended on November 10. IIT Bhilai is now all set to start the academic session for BTech freshers, with the registration process scheduled for next week.

“IIT Bhilai is well-equipped to handle the ongoing COVID-19 crisis,” Director of IIT Bhilai, Prof Rajat Moona announced. “We will not let education stall for whatever reason. At the same time, the health and safety of our students and faculty members are of the highest priority. The decision of continuing education in an online mode is taken in line with this priority.”

As classes are to be held online, no lab courses will be offered for the new BTech students in the first semester. Despite the delay in starting the academic year, a modified program and schedule have been chalked out to ensure that the new BTech students graduate on time. Dr. Jose Immanuel, Faculty-In-Charge, Academic Affairs said, “The courses shall be scheduled 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday as opposed to 5 days. Intra and inter semester breaks have been reduced and the time tables have been reworked so as to realign the first year’s schedule with the regular institute schedule by the end of April 2021.”

Each year, IIT Bhilai organizes a students’ orientation program to acquaint freshers with the institute’s programs, facilities, and various processes. This year the added component of managing online education shall also form a major part of the orientation program owing to various concerns from parents and students. To help students navigate through these recently established processes and to address student queries, IIT Bhilai is organizing an online orientation program for four days, starting from November 18.

“We are confident that the program will make students feel that the campus is virtually at their doorstep and that online education is as easy as the offline mode,” said Dr. Kuldeep, Faculty-in-Charge of the Student Mentorship Program. Speaking about student activities, Dr. Rahul Jain, Faculty-in-Charge, Students’ Affairs said, “Students facing hurdles in online education due to the lack of internet and computer facilities, for instance, will be allowed to come to the campus on a voluntary basis, while keeping all safety concerns and precautions in mind.”

The detailed schedule of the orientation program and the academic calendar will be made available on the institute website: www.iitbhilai.ac.in

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