National Institute of Technology, Durgapur has launched a fundraising campaign to help students of poor financial background to proceed with their on-line courses because the institute has gone utterly on-line for the 2020-2021 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official mentioned.
A press release by the institute mentioned on Saturday this determination (utterly on-line) has posed a fantastic problem to the present batch of younger students, a lot of whom come from poor financial backgrounds, and can’t afford to purchase laptops/ smartphones and avail web connectivity.
“NIT Durgapur is trying to do its best to provide all kinds of assistance to these students to get the required IT hardware and broadband/net connectivity and also to pay their tuition and other fees so that their education continues,” the assertion mentioned.
The institute mentioned it is vitally essential to bridge the digital divide that’s threatening the way forward for many students within the current pandemic scenario.
“Due to lack of resources and facilities at the institutional level for imparting distance education and learning to our students as none of us ever expected this kind of an unprecedented situation beforehand, it is high time we set up a Centre for Digital Learning in our institute to facilitate the new normal online/ digital mode of education more effectively,” the assertion mentioned.
It mentioned the institute has begun the fundraising campaign – #NITDAlumni4edu, the NIT Durgapur urged its alumni to come ahead and “donate to a cause that will ensure that every student continues to learn, and his/her economic condition doesn’t become a barrier in fulfilling his/ her dreams.” “We would also welcome CSR funds, and not to mention, any small or big donation would also be highly appreciated,” the assertion mentioned.
Those alumni members “who are in the telecom service sectors” had been urged “to help out students who are struggling with poor connectivity at home,” it added.