Graduating college students of the Indian Institutes of Know-how (IITs) will miss out on the expertise of strolling up a stage to get their levels or the ceremonial tossing of hats within the air this yr, because the institutes have opted for digital convocation ceremonies within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 58th convocation ceremony of IIT-Bombay (IIT-B) shall be held just about on August 23, protecting in thoughts the security of scholars, introduced director Subhasis Chaudhuri. “We may have two very distinguished visitors of honour. The chief visitors for the occasion are Stephen Schwarzman, founder and chief govt officer of Blackstone Group, and Duncan Haldane, professor at Princeton College and 2016 Nobel laureate in Physics,” he stated.
Whereas Schwarzman will ship the graduation speech, Haldane will ship the chief visitor’s speech. Graduating college students will take part through video conferencing, and all the occasion shall be webcast for public viewing.
That is the primary time IIT-B will maintain a digital convocation ceremony, with over 2,100 college students graduating in varied programmes, stated P Sunthar, co-convenor of the convocation committee.
“Because the convocation shall be held on-line, we’re at present figuring out methods to make the occasion a memorable one for all graduates, regardless of not being current on campus. In the meantime, we do perceive that each one our graduates wish to have a gala end-of-school bash, and we are going to organise a particular get-together for all the batch as soon as the pandemic is over,” stated Chaudhuri.
IIT-Madras may also conduct an internet convocation ceremony. “IIT-Madras has already determined that the convocation this yr shall be held on-line, protecting in thoughts the present Covid-19 scenario. The dates, nevertheless, are but to be decided. Tentatively, the ceremony shall be held someday in September 2020,” stated a spokesperson for IIT-Madras.
IIT-Gandhinagar, too, will maintain its ninth annual convocation ceremony on-line on August 23. In an invite despatched to all college students, the institute clarified that owing to the present scenario, the ceremony shall be streamed dwell on the institute’s homepage, their YouTube channel and Fb web page.
“Nandan Nilekani, chairman and co-founder of Infosys Restricted shall be our chief visitor, and we invite all our well-wishers to be with us,” stated Sudhir Jain, director of the institute.
In the meantime, a number of IITs are nonetheless mulling on how their convocation ceremonies shall be held. Spokespersons for each IIT-Delhi and IIT-Roorkee clarified that the institutes have been but to substantiate the standing of their convocation ceremonies.