IIT Bhubaneswar has started taking classes in hybrid mode and about 40 percent of students are now attending offline classes. Students can attend both online and offline classes in a hybrid mode arrangement.
Hybrid classes are being conducted within the newly constructed Pushpagiri Lecture Hall Complex (PLHC) which is supplied with electronic gadgets.
About 40% of the students of IIT Bhubaneswar are now on campus and these students are attending classes in Hybrid Mode.
A hybrid model of lecturing can be used running classes simultaneously for both, the students attending a class in-person and those attending in virtual mode.
Those who are physically present in the class can as usual attend a lecture and interact, while those who are away can participate remotely in virtual mode accessing the live stream of the lecture.
The institute devised a mechanism of holding its classes in hybrid mode, equipped the newly constructed Pushpagiri Lecture Hall Complex (PLHC) with electronic gadgets for facilitating hybrid mode lecturing, and realized the same.
Prof Raja Kumar, the director said that the institute has a well-designed SOP that has been strictly followed and the same has been responsible for the outstanding way the institute could protect the campus from Covid-19.
Apart from following the SOP which needs classroom seating as per the social distancing norms and wearing of a mask, the institute adopted the following additional mechanisms for Safety:
- The classroom and seat of students would be fixed and a student will be discouraged from switching seats
- All the windows and doors of a lecture hall will be opened fully for ventilation.
- The students will be encouraged to avoid public transport like buses and use their own bicycles on campus.
It is heartening to note that the students acted positively on the instructions from the institute, got themselves vaccinated, and prepared themselves ready to come to the campus.