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IIT Ropar to hold next semester online

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar will hold next semester entirely online due to the corona virus pandemic. While announcing the move, the Institute said, “There is no safety of students or the academics”.

All undergraduate and postgraduate students including freshers at the Institute will be attending the classes remotely for the upcoming semester. The decision was decided by the Senate – the governing body which decides matters on academic affairs of the Institute.

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From November 11, Registration of new B.Tech batch students will start. From November 12 to 17, Induction programme for these undergraduate students and and department orientation will be held in online mode. The online classes will be from November 18. The semester will be partially divided into two trimesters – the first trimester will end on January 29 and the second trimesters will begin on January 30 and will end on April 23 with online examinations and evaluations, said the IIT.

Students have been asked to connect with broadband or a 4G connection for streaming lecture videos and live discussion classes.

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The content will be send to the students in form of recorded lectures, content hosting, and content archiving, for online courses. All evaluations will be conducted by the course instructors using online exams, term papers and presentations, in video assignments, pop-quizzes, take-home assignments and online viva-voce.

Material for all lectures will be sent at least one week in advance to students. For each lecture, faculty will also create audio or video content along with the written notes to be shared with the class students on this platform. A web guide has also been prepared for the faculty to understand the initial preparation required for online classes.

In evaluation process the online semester will also give importance to continuous assessment. The official statement was said by the IIT that, The exact weightage for each component would be decided by the faculty and shared with the students at the start of the semester.

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