IIT Directors’ Committee Recommends Online First Semester, 18-Month PG Programme, Academic Year may start from December
A committee of IIT directors has suggested that the first semester for all courses at the Indian Institutes of Technology should be conducted online and students shall be granted the option to drop a year/semester without any terms and conditions.
The panel has mentioned that the Indian Institutes of Technology may start their new academic year from December 2020 or January 2021, and all two-year postgraduate programs will be compressed into 18-month ones and MBA and other similar programs will move completely online for the first semester.
As part of the post-COVID-19 Minimum Common Strategy,’ the standing committee of the IIT Council had set up a sub-committee of six IIT directors to address operational challenges in admissions, evaluation, and assessment of students.
This committee has also submitted its report and it is under discussion with all IITs. The final approval from the IIT Council, chaired by HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, is awaited.
Students who are pursuing Ph.D. and postgraduate courses and are engaged in experimental research are exempted from the off-campus/online mode for the first semester.
Moreover, students who do not have adequate facilities to take up online classes at home can also return to the campus. However, even these students will attend online classes from their hostels.
The committee has emphasized in its report that no individual student should be forced to return to the campus. and for the students who have returned to the campus voluntarily, it must be ensured that online classes are attended in hostels following full COVID-19-related safety protocol.