IIM Calcutta has recently announced that it will start the academic year in August through an online mode.
Starting August 2020, new and returning students of the flagship MBA program will attend classes digitally from the safety of their homes, the premier institute stated on Wednesday.
“As we reopen in the online mode, it is equally important that we sustain our academic rigor and preserve our unique teaching and learning experience,” Director of IIM Calcutta, Prof Anju Seth said.
More such digital initiatives are in the pipeline, the statement said.
On-campus activities were suspended throughout the lockdown period, it said.
The previous academic term had ended abruptly in March, and students went home when the lockdown was announced. Steps were taken to conduct the remaining classes using web conferencing tools, the statement added.
Last week, the IIM-Ahmedabad started its residential Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX) digitally.
The MBA program has 68 students from 20 different industry sectors with an average work experience of 8.33 years, informs the institute. Most of the students, 35 percent are from IT and ITES background.
The IIM has also received more applications from women this year. The gender diversity for the incoming batch stands at 18 percent. Last year, of the 62 students in the MBA-PGPX batch, only 7 were females.
The director, IIM-Calcutta, said, “Resilience and adaptability in switching temporarily to digital delivery for the benefit of students in the MBAEx Programme. We have worked seamlessly to plan, develop and deliver online courses to ensure the timely commencement of the programs while ensuring students’ learning is not compromised.”
Schools and colleges across the country have been closed since mid-March. Classes have been shifted online while many institutes are contemplating to start their classes digitally, IIMs have spearheaded the move. Meanwhile, the undergraduate courses across the nation would begin from September instead of June.