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COVID-19: IIT Delhi clarified that no students are being called back to campus.

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IIT Delhi denied on-boarding of BTech studentsIIT Delhi denied on-boarding of BTech students

Vagisha Kaushik | July 14, 2021 | 08:50 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has clarified that there won’t be any on-boarding of undergraduate students considering the pandemic situation. The IIT issued a statement to counter media reports talking about the on-boarding of undergraduate students at IIT Delhi. The institute also said that no decision has been taken in this regard, says the statement.

“Some of the students permitted are those who have a project component or some such pressing academic requirements, which require them to be on the campus to access laboratories, central research facilities and library,” says a statement.

The institute has been conducting online classes since the beginning of the pandemic situation.

The institute will take any further decision regarding the on-boarding of students after considering the COVID-19 situation, says a statement. Till then, it will continue with online classes.

IIT Delhi: COVID-19 Situation

IIT Delhi had reopened last year when the Union Government issued "unlock guidelines" and relaxed restrictions on travel and education due to COVID-19. However, in March, with the onset of the devastating second wave of the pandemic, it first stopped the return of students to campus and then allowed students who had returned to the IIT Delhi campus to go home.

IIT Delhi lost several faculty members and at least one student to COVID-19. Emeritus professor Dinesh Mohan died of it in ….. and the institute's dean, infrastructure, KC Iyer, died in June. It also lost a research scholar who died of the coronavirus infection at home in May.

The institute also launched a low-cost test kit for COVID-19 last month.

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