CHENNAI: IIT Madras plans to bring undergraduate students back to campus batch by batch from 2022.
Speaking at the virtuallyheld 58th convocation on Saturday, IIT Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “We propose to bring back the undergraduate students batch by batch in the new year, and hope that the improving pandemic situation permits us to do so without hindrance.”
“We have since March 2020 continued all our classes online. Research scholars are back on campus for the most part so that they can pursue their laboratory work. Masters’ students admitted in 2020 are now on campus on a voluntary basis to get some valuable handson experience before they graduate next summer,” he said while presenting the annual report.
He further said the number of students pursuing online UG degree in programming and data science at IIT Madras exceeded the number of on-campus students in the first year students itself. The director also said 106 startups from IIT Madras generated Rs440 crore in 2020-21 despite the pandemic and created more than 5,200 direct jobs.
A total of 1,962 students, including 392 PhD scholars, which is the highest for an academic year, graduated in the function. Sumanth R Hegde received the President of India prize for highest CGPA in BTech and dual degree and M Visvesvaraya memorial prize for highest CGPA in BTech while E Santhosh Kumar received V Srinivasan memorial prize for the highest CGPA in dual degree.
Olympic medalist and badminton world champion P V Sindhu was the chief guest at the convocation.