Students have been missing out on their graduation and convocation ceremonies this year, all thanks to the ongoing pandemic but, IIT Bombay planned something special for their students.
Today is a special day for many @iitbombay students & their families, also for the entire #IITBombay community— PIB in Maharashtra 🇮🇳 (@PIBMumbai) August 23, 2020
A one-of-its-kind #VirtualReality digital convocation is being held today, in the unprecedented situation due to #COVID19
LIVE from 1.30 PM: https://t.co/eu6wp5O1Ur pic.twitter.com/EJO6vCpJMW
While students couldn't make it to the ceremony physically, their digital avatars received the degree certificate from the personalised avatar of director professor Subhasis Chaudhari.
The medalists also received their medals from the personalised avatar of Nobel prize winner Professor Duncan Haldane who was invited as the chief guest.
The institution gave away medals, awards and degrees to the virtual avatars of the students for the first time in 62 years. The IIT- Bombay in a statement said:
Keeping in view the safety measures during the ongoing pandemic, the institute held its convocation in virtual reality mode for its graduating students.
The 2-hour long convocation was live streamed and the chief guests addressed the students virtually.
IIT-Bombay in its statement added that it did not wish to deprive the students of the sense of achievement and pride of passing out of the premier engineering institute, which is why, they came up with this innovative idea.
Even international news channels covered this story.
One university has come up with a unique way of awarding students their degrees – using virtual reality. The avatars of students from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay were awarded their certificates by an avatar of the university’s director. https://t.co/GrlttaCxQH— CNN Asia Pacific (@cnnasiapr) August 26, 2020
The internet was quite impressed.
At universities around the world, graduation ceremonies in India provide an opportunity to mark an educational achievement with family and friends. https://t.co/XuIC1WDB2A— Thein Swe (@TheinSwe4) August 26, 2020
It is very encouraging to see AI usage. Hearty congratulations to all the graduates— Sripriya Sridhar| श्रीप्रिया श्रीधर| (@sripriya56) August 25, 2020
Very very innovative efforts by IIT Bombay....— DINESH KUMAR (@dineshsuman09) August 24, 2020
IIT Bombay was also one of the first institutions to scrap face-to-face lectures this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.