Director's Message on COVID-19

प्रियजनों,

  • इन दिनों एक मुश्किल दौर से गुजर रहे हैं। कोविड-19 के कारण हम सभी का जीवन प्रभावित हुआ है। हमें अपने शरीर को स्वस्थ और मस्तिष्क को सकारात्मक विचारों से भरने के लिए कुछ कदम उठाने होंगे एवंं कुछ हम नियमों का अनुपालन करना होगा-
  • अ) घर के अंदर रहे और सामाजिक दूरी बनाये रखे।
  • ब) अधिकतम ऑनलाइन रह कर एक दूसरे से जुड़े और सभी कार्यों को यथासंभव ऑनलाइन पूर्ण करने का प्रयास करे!
  • आई आई टी पटना में प्रशाशनिक और शैक्षणिक गतिविधियां उपलब्ध साधनों से यथासंभव सुचारु रूप से चल रही है। छात्रों को चिंतित होने की आवश्यकता नही, सभी शैक्षणिक संसाधनों को ऑनलाइन उपलब्ध कराने का प्रबंध किया जा रहा है। SWAYAM, NPTEL, COURSERA, UDACITY जैसे प्रसिध् साधनों का प्रयोग किया जा सकता है। शिक्षकों से आग्रह किया जाता है कि वे लेक्चर को रिकॉर्ड कर ऑनलाइन उपलब्ध कराये।
  • इस विषम परिस्थिति में आई आई पटना के प्रशासनिक कर्मचारियों के द्वारा की जा रही प्रयास सराहनीय है। वे ऑनलाइन माध्यमों का अधिकतम उपयोग करके अपने कार्य का निर्वहन कर रहे हैं। मैं आई आई टी पटना परिवार को इस कठिन घड़ी में संस्थान को सुचारु रूप से चलाने में उनके सर्वोतम् प्रयासों और उनके जज्बे को पूरे दिल से अभिवादन करता हूँ।
  • मैं भारत सरकार और बिहार सरकार द्वारा प्राप्त कराये जा रहे महत्वपूर्ण आदेशों, निरंतर मार्गदर्शन और आवश्यक निर्देशों के लिए उनका तहे दिल से धन्यवाद करता हूँ। आई आई पटना भी इस मुश्किल की घडी में अपने तरफ से तकनीकी, वैज्ञानिक और अन्य सभी माध्यमों से राष्ट्र की सेवा के लिए तैयार है।
  • इस संकटमय काल को हम अवश्य पार करेंगे | We shall overcome. आइये हम सब मिलकर ईश्वर से इस कठिन घड़ी से उभरने के लिए प्रार्थना करे ।

जय हिंद।

 
 
 
 
 
 
Now that we have negotiated a week of near closure, it is time to see how to continue performing our basic activities. In the points that follow, Govt. of India and institute orders prevail. 
 
The idea is to see how to keep the machinery running, obeying all the rules and regulations and constraints in these trying times:
 
1. Teaching: AD Acad and CC Head have been requested to come up with solutions for online teaching, for example, use of MOODLE or any other free/purchasable software. All teachers should in the least:
     (a) point to online courses (NPTEL, Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy etc.) that pertain to their material
     (b) Point to online book chapters
     (c) if you use slides, share them on say Google drive
     (d) record your lectures if possible and upload on institute site/youtube
 
CC to ensure smooth VPN access. I believe there are limits on the number of VPN accesses at any time. See if this number can be maintained at a large value. 
      
2. Research: Theoretical and computational work need not get affected. Experimentalists perform the analysis of results that you were possibly so far postponing due to demands of daily work.
   (a) Advisors continue your regular research meetings online.
   (b) Write that paper/chapter/article/book that you always wanted to write but never could due to lack of time
   
The VPN point as above applies here too, especially for people accessing servers and running experiments on them.
 
3. Return of students, new admissions: students will come to the campus only when notified. Online access to institute facilities through VPN is crucial.
 
ADean Academic and ADean Student will keep discussing with Director and other functionaries the matter of classes and hostel accommodation.
 
4. Convocation: our convocation is on the fixed date of 6th August. Beginning March, AD Acad and I have been reaching out to prospective Chief Guests. Time will tell if we need to postpone, but currently efforts are on via electronic contacts.
 
 
5. Computer Center: CC has a crucial role to play in the current situation. IT and Electronics Industry is used to working from home. The current demand of Work From Home (WFH) is not unprecedented for them. We need to get used larger scale WFH. CC comes in in facilitating this. 
 
CC members have risen to the Occasion. I request them once again, especially for online teaching solution.
 
6. IWD: progress of construction work has been important for us in this phase of growth. Corona has been a deterrent.
 
Construction will progress at a very slow pace until 31st March with whatever man, material and machine is available inside the campus. External persons and material being prohibited from entry, this situation is inevitable. 
 
7. F & A: follow Govt. of India and institute orders re. duty: 
        (a) complete as much of work as possible, that can be done online
        (b) For example, data should be kept ready for discussing next year's BE and RE, that we typically do in April
        (c) Approvals can be given by email as and when necessary, and all information is in place
        (d) Bills should be cleared as expeditiously as possible, under the constraints of the current situation
 
8. S & P: Govt. of India and institute directives apply.
       (a) Do perform whatever is possible online
       (b) Purchase pipeline starting from indent through technical bid, price bid, recommendation, final order- whatever is possible online- should be done that way.
      (c) Seek email approvals as and when needed and appropriate
 
9. R & D: project supports should be available as much as possible.
      (a) Funding agencies and PIs should be regularly communicated to
      (b) online update of projects, proposals, disbursements should be ensured 
 
10. Hostels: Only one mess is currently running for reduced number of students with slightly increased daily charge. Utmost hygiene to be maintained in every nook and corner in all the hostels.
 
11. Hospital: should operate uninterrupted and with continuous vigil for any corona symptoms. Remain in close contact with our neighboring hospitals NSIT, nearby ESI and in Patna.
 
12. Guest House:  closure till 31st March. But finish all pending office work, by following duty roster.
 
13. Security: 24 X 7 vigil. Strictly monitor both gates. Use hand sanitizer and IR thermometer for anybody entering. Report symptoms if any to MO immediately.
 
14. Campus residents: stay indoors as much as possible. Inform MO immediately of any unusual health signs.
 
15. Outsourced manpower (CHS): essential and non-essential services have been segregated. Follow this duty distribution.
 
16. Library: closed till 31st March; but online access ensured
 
17. Guest house: closed till 31st March
 
Summary: 
 
A.  Lot of online work
B. Staying indoors
C. Reporting any unusual symptoms