Since the Covid-19 crisis was everywhere, which brought up the closure of schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. In March 2020, a nationwide lockdown was imposed, not only in India but across the whole world. The consequences of Covid-19 on students have brought many issues in their educational life. According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged the education systems globally. In India, over 1.5 million schools across the nation were closed, affecting the education of 286 million children from pre-primary to secondary levels. It has an awful impact on the career of millions of students. However, a glimpse of hope is observed, as most educational institutes are gearing towards bringing back students to classes.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore has allowed students to return to the campus within a limited number of students. All the students of the institute come in several batches. The institute has permitted the students to get back to the campus in limited numbers. Firstly, they would be under 14 days of quarantine, for without it, they will not be able to participate in their offline classes.
On Sunday, during the speech of Independence Day, the officiating director of IIT Indore Neelesh Kumar Jain said, “The institute is constantly searching for great opportunities to bring back the students into the campus maintaining all the Covid-19 protocol.”
He later said, “This time, we are celebrating the event of 75th Independence Day as the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and many events are conducted by the institute that participates in this grand celebration. Though we don’t belong to the era of freedom of struggle, we have a massive role in nation-building. There are plenty of disruptive innovations or novelty required for climate change, energy storage, cleanliness, and removal of technical illiteracy. We, as an IIT community, have a massive role to play in initiating such innovations.
The institute is conducting fit India freedom run 2.0 to create a resolve to incorporate awareness of physical activity for a minimum of half-hour daily in our lives i.e., Fitness ki Dose, Adha Ghanta Roz, informed by Neelesh Kumar Jain.
Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, most celebrations, and programs will be conducted virtually. And following the identical, the central government has taken the initiative on this Independence Day where students can upload their “individual rendering” of the National Anthem within the designated portal. All the videos are compiled into a single video and will be played on the 15th of August.
Similarly, the community of the institute is actively collaborating in singing the national anthem and uploading their respective videos on the official website i.e., https://rashtragaan.in, by the govt of India. Additionally, participants are awarded a certificate for their contribution to the virtual celebration on the occasion of Independence Day.
The officiating director of IIT, Indore Neelesh Kumar Jain has inaugurated the green initiative of QR code of plants on the campus for showcasing and sharing information on the importance of plant kingdom with the utilization of the latest innovation. Moreover, students from the central school at IIT Indore have contributed by participating in the event and presenting a cultural program.
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