IIT Bombay holds convocation event in ‘virtual reality’ mode

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Published: August 24,2020 09:11 AM
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August 24, 2020: The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, on Sunday held its 58th annual convocation ceremony in a virtual reality mode in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

August 24, 2020: THE INDIAN Institute of Technology, Bombay, on Sunday held its 58th annual convocation ceremony in a virtual reality mode in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.



The programme, where the animated digital avatars of the institute’s senate members shared the stage and personalised avatars of students given away certificates, was telecast on DD Sahyadri and social media platforms.







A statement released by the institute said: “The institute thought it best to arrange such a VR-convocation for the graduating students as we did not wish to put their health at risk but at the same time, we did not wish to deprive them of the sense of achievement and pride of passing out of India’s premier engineering Institute.”



Personalised avatars of each graduate, it stated, received the degree certificate from the digital avatar of director Subhasis Chaudhuri, while all medal winners received their medals from the personalised avatar of the chief guest, Professor Duncan Haldane, co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics and a professor at Princeton University. The digital avatars of the institute’s senate members, who were seen sharing the stage, had been video graphed individually and assembled digitally, the institute said.



From the virtual avatars of graduating students getting their medals and degrees, to the procession and the ceremony was put together by a team of around 20 people over two months.





Barring just the ceremony, IIT Bombay also went a step ahead to virtually connect them with friends and organised viewing of hostel videos, a night before the convocation, reports said.



Post convocation too, IIT-Bombay let people access the campus’ map, walk through their departments and loiter in the corridors.