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IIM A, IIM B to go online for first semester

IIM A, IIM B to go online for first semester

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and Bangalore will start their new academic calendar with online classes from next month. The country’s top business schools are gearing up to start their academic schedule via the internet in July-August, just as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) announced this week.

As part of the plan, they will allow students who do not have proper internet facility at home to return to the campus, delay academic evaluation or conduct it online and cut down on holidays to make up for lost time.

IIM Ahmedabad is preparing to launch classes for its second-year students in the second week of July and in August for first-year students, director Errol D’Souza told ET.

IIM Bangalore is preparing to launch its second year of the two-year MBA on July 8 in online mode, while first year online classes will begin on August 1, G Raghuram, director, IIM Bangalore, said in an emailed response to ET.

IIM-B has already started three of its experience-based degree-granting programmes online. IIM A has initiated its one-year PGPX programme online as well.

To ensure that students with limited facilities and internet connectivity are not at any kind of disadvantage, both institutes will allow such students to come to the campus and access online classes from hostels.

“We are giving special attention to this. Those students who do not adequate facilities or internet connectivity are allowed to come to campus as per Government quarantine norms and have the benefit of online connectivity within campus”, G Raghuram said.

IIM Ahmedabad has held discussions with every single student to ascertain who may genuinely need to be permitted on campus to be able to access online classes.

“We are arranging for their stay in the campus. As of now, there are about 20 such students- mainly from J&K and the North East. We have also prepared quarantine facilities on campus. Such students will have to be quarantined for a week before they start staying in the hostels. We have also invested heavily in our institute infrastructure ”, IIM A Director said.

IIM Ahmedabad has, however, decided not to hold any evaluation and examination processes until September end as it would prefer to do so whenever students are able to come back on campus.

“Ideally, we would want evaluation to be done only when students can come back to campus. However, given the fluidity of the situation, we will reassess the same in September. We are meanwhile, looking at various software based evaluation mechanisms- but that would be our last option”, the Director said.

IIM Bangalore, however, said that most of the evaluation and assessment protocols can continue even in the new mode.  “There is really no component that required physical presence. Group work or project work is also being done online, including primary and secondary data collection”, Director G Raghuram said.

IIM Calcutta Director Anju Seth told ET that the institute was still in the process of finalizing the details for the new academic calendar. While there is formally no consolidated’ approach across IIMs on the academic calendar, most are following a similar model.  Source : The Economic Times



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