With the Covid-19 pandemic showing no sign of abating, IIT Bombay has announced the closure of its academic session 2019-2020 with final evaluations slated to be completed by June 30.
“The current trend of the outbreak in Mumbai and across India makes the return of the students to the IIT-B campus in the coming weeks and the resumption of the spring semester 2019-20 highly unlikely. Final year students have to graduate yielding places to the new, the semester has to end at some time without too much inconvenience to all and the academic calendar has to be maintained with as little disturbance as possible,” stated the minutes of the institute’s senate meeting circulated among students on Tuesday. The institute told Mirror that the semester normally ends by April end, but was shifted ahead by two months in view of the pandemic. The institute had conducted two surveys, one for the faculty and one for the students to gauge their opinions.
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The institute laid out its evaluation pattern for the semester based on evaluation of mid-semester examination and other options for improving grades. Students are allowed to drop a course till May 30. The institute has allowed remote access to its e-library facility to all students. “Usually we could access the journals and other e-library material only from the institute,” a student said. For the remaining syllabus, instructors would be making instructional content transmitted through virtual classes.
The senate will meet again to discuss the start of the academic autumn semester 2020-21. Meanwhile, Mumbai colleges are waiting for guidelines from the Mumbai University for scheduling July exams of final year students and on the start of the next academic year.
TISS is awaiting the declaration of results before it can officially conclude the academic year 2019-20. As per its March circular, it was to declare results of masters programmes by May 18 and start the new academic year by June. However, the institute will be issuing fresh dates.