Mumbai, June 25, 2020: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has taken a decision to conduct the next semester in online mode only in the backdrop of Coronavirus pandemic. IIT Bombay director Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri shared this information.
“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. 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 said.
Making an appeal, Prof Chaudhuri said, “The COVID pandemic has made us at IIT Bombay rethink the way we impart education to our students. To ensure that our students begin the academic year without further delay, we are planning on extensive online classes details of which will be informed to all students in due course of time. However, 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 (i.e. laptops and broadband connectivity ) to take these online classes.
We look forward to your overwhelming support to help these bright young minds to continue their learning without any further hindrances or delays. We do not want a single student to miss out the learning experience for the lack of money. We have estimated that we need about Rs 5 crores to help those needy students. Our alumni have committed a good amount of support, but that is not enough for all these needy students and I solicit through this message your donations, however small it may be. I am sure that these beneficiaries of your philanthropy will in future contribute significantly to the growth of our Nation.”
Here are the details of on-line and other avenues for donation. The donations are entitled to 80G benefits under the IT Act.
1) Direct On-line Transfer: You can click on the following link to make a donation. Once you click on the link, you can follow the steps. Pl choose the Project Titled – ‘Supporting Students with IT Hardware for Online Learning’
2) For Donation by Cheque, pl make it payable to “Registrar, IIT Bombay”