IIT-Bombay awarded degrees to digital avatars in virtual reality convocation


IIT Bombay

IIT- Bombay, on Sunday, used virtual reality (VR) to hold its 58th convocation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“The institute thought it best to organize 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, ” the institute said in a statement.

“A personalized avatar of each student received the degree certificate from the personalized avatar of director professor Subhasis Chaudhari,” the institute said.

Post convocation too, the institute allowed students to access the campus’ map, walk through their departments, and loiter in the corridors.

IIT Bombay also allowed students to connect them with friends and organized viewing of hostel videos, a night before the convocation.

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