IIM Sambalpur opens gates to students in New Normal
Students will continue to attend classes in online mode even on campus
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Sambalpur, has reopened its campus for students after a gap of 11 months.
First-year and second-year students of MBA have started returning to the campus in batches, amid strict adherence to the COVID-safety directives issued by the central and state governments, district authorities and statutory health regulatory bodies. The safety and hygiene guidelines will be updated from time to time.
Students facing internet and infrastructure issues at home were given priority to come to the campus. They will attend classes in online mode from the campus.
“We will be rebooting the campus in stages and students will be returning in a phased manner. A strict set of mandatory guidelines, as set by government authorities, has been issued to all students, faculty and staff. We will also be collecting the students’ travel/location details for 14 days before entering the campus,” IIM Sambalpur director Mahadeo Jaiswal said.
All students must produce a COVID-negative certificate not older than three days as on their date of arrival on campus. “They will also have to undergo tests at the end of their quarantine period that the Institute will arrange with the help of the district administration. As numbers around the country are going down and with the vaccination drive starting, it is essential for life to continue in the new normal. While physical distancing and remote learning were a necessity, students did feel a sense of isolation,” Jaiswal said.
Coming back to campus and meeting their friends and teachers, will create a positive impact on the mental health of students, the institute feels. “Our students also realise the need to normalise the situation and are enthusiastic about their arrival on campus, some of them for the first time. However, the pandemic is far from over and hence stringent SOP must be followed to resume near-normal activities. Self-discipline is the key to responsible COVID 19 behaviour,” Prof. Jaiswal added.
All students must have the Aarogya Setu app active on their smartphones. Wearing masks outside their hostel rooms, thermal scanning of body temperature upon entering the campus, maintaining social distancing in common spaces, sanitising hands and following all other basic norms are mandatory.
Students are not allowed to leave the hostel premises other than for medical emergencies. Students who must leave campus will have to quarantine themselves again. The dining hall will also have meal timings for students and staff in batches.
Thorough disinfection and cleaning of all surfaces will be carried out. The institute will arrange for medical assistance such as routine health check-ups and monitoring of students and dealing with emergencies. Two rooms with beds, oxygen cylinders and other essentials have been kept ready for COVID care. A medical officer/doctor will visit the hostel regularly.
IIM Sambalpur has been conducting online classes with the help of several digital tools and processes to facilitate effective learning for its students. All examinations are conducted using online proctoring systems for descriptive exams or using LMS for the quiz and multiple-choice exams.