IIM Kashipur Response to COVID-19

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IIM Kashipur has taken a number of steps in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Institute is taking all the measures required to carry on with its academic activities in the next session.
At the outset, to ensure safety of the students and Campus residents, Institute had postponed its Annual Convocation and provided provisional degree to all the students. All other Institute events have either been cancelled or postponed. All Institute related travels have been cancelled, including visitors to campus.  Only those Institute employees who are performing essential or life-sustaining work are permitted to be physically present at the Institute, and everyone entering Institute Campus, regardless of their role are being allowed to enter into the campus only after due sanitisation and wearing of masks to prevent infections. All other personnel are working from home until further notice in compliance to the government directives on Nationwide Lockdown.
All classroom teaching has been migrated to virtual instruction. A number of academic works including proposal presentation, teaching and evaluation are being conducted through online mode using various technological aids and apps like Google Meet and GoToMeeting.

PhD Program

As of now Faculty Members, Area Chairs and Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) Chairs are conducting the following activities through online mode:

PhD first year and second year classes
Course of Independent Studies
Comprehensive examinations
Proposal defence
Quarterly progress presentations
Internal and external thesis defence (if a scholar faces inordinate delay in completion of his PhD due to lockdown)
Conducting TAC/Area Meetings online and taking necessary actions without waiting for physical meetings

This will further extend to MBA classes and exams depending upon the situation. 

MBA Program

An online interactive meeting with the students of MBA first year (2019–2021 Batch) was organised wherein the queries, doubts and issues raised by the students were addressed by. In response to the students’ request and uncertainties about reliable Internet connectivity in remotes areas, students are now permitted to take their examination online or offline according to their convenience.  The online exams are now underway.
The Institute has worked out an alternative schedule and plans to delay the start of Academic Year 2020–21 by around two weeks to allow the completion of summer internships by the 2019–2021 batch.  It has been decided to initiate the session for both first year and second year on 1st August  2020. If required, the Institute is also ready with a plan to conduct the pre-joining orientation of the incoming batch online.

Psychological Support to Students

The Institute has engaged with YourDOST, an online platform to connect the students with psychologists on 24X7 basis. YourDOST has a pool of experts across India to counsel and help the students whenever needed. Students, who may be experiencing any kind of stress, feeling low, depressed may get in touch with YourDOST any time through phone calls, emails or WhatsApp. The Institute is engaged with YourDOST informally from January and formally launched the service from February 2020 on a trial basis for three months, and will be continued if the usage is good and their support is found effective. So far, data for the last two months shows that the usage of the service has been high and students are extensively using the services, given the COVID-19 outbreak, lockdown environment, postponement and cancellation of some of the internships.

Admission Process of MBA 2020–22 Batch

MBA admission interviews as part of Common Admission Process (CAP) 2020, comprising nine 2nd and 3rd generation IIMs, were held between February 10 and March 14, 2020.
IIM Kashipur held interviews for 5,500 candidates along with IIM Jammu for Delhi centre.  Total of 16,247 candidates were shortlisted for the interview pool of CAP 2020. Among them 14,224 candidates had applied for IIM Kashipur MBA program. Fortunately, CAP 2020 interviews were completed as the COVID-19 situation was beginning to unfold.
IIM Kashipur is preparing the merit list and will soon start sending the offers to prospective participants.

Admission process of MBA (Analytics) (Inaugural Batch)

MBA Analytics program applications were invited from prospective candidates after advertisement in print & digital media in February 2020. 

Institute is planning to conduct the MBA Analytics online interviews in the last week of May 2020.

PhD Admission Process 2020

The Institute has successfully conducted Ph.D. Admission Process (Personal Interviews) for nine functional areas during April 7–10, 2020 through online mode. 

The results are out and available at the link http://www.iimkashipur.ac.in/academics/doctoral-programme/phd

The admission offers are being sent to the selected candidates.

Placement & Summer Internship

Final Summer Placement report available at the link http://www.iimkashipur.ac.in/sites/default/files/Final_Placement_Report_...

230 students have started the summer internships and not impacted severely by the COVID19 crisis. However, internship offers of some students were cancelled due to the lockdown. The Institute is arranging online interviews with different companies for these students whose internships were cancelled. Most likely these students will work from home on live industry projects. 

Institute is also taking help from its Alumni to arrange live industry projects. 

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