As the Covid cases show a steady decline, it gives us all a new ray of hope for the coming days. Vaccinations is in full swing, and the IIT Bombay hospital continues to serve everyone. The campus continues to welcome final year masters and Ph.D. students. UG students with resource constraints are also being called in phases to ensure complete safety on the premises.
The cloud seems to be settling on the pandemic situation in the country, and we hope to see better days in the future. The number of vaccinations across the country is inching upward, while the active cases are going down. IIT Bombay Hospital is also a busy vaccination centre now!
But as we know, life is not always fair. With long days on the job, colleagues often become like a second family and saying goodbye to any family member is difficult.
As Socrates said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
Our pandemic ridden societies are slowly and steadily rebuilding the broken lives. Although we may feel powerless in numerous circumstances, what really matters is never stop trying and losing hope. IIT Bombay has been investing its energies and knowledge to bring innovative solutions to fight back the distressing situation across the country.
Nature seems to have spared us her wallop this time - the cyclone ‘tauktae’ has side-stepped the city and passed on. Except for quite a few branches falling and an odd tree getting uprooted here and there, the campus has been mostly unaffected. Another highlight of this month was that India launched its nationwide vaccination drive. IITB hospital is now an active COVID-19 vaccination centre and we have started vaccination in full swing for campus residents as well as outsiders.
It pains me to say that the last month also witnessed a tough time for the Institute functionaries due to the havoc caused by COVID across many parts of India. Our extended IIT Bombay family has been hit badly, and though we are unaware of the exact numbers, our thoughts are with everyone who is going through a tough time during these testing times.
It has been an extremely eventful month for us here at IIT Bombay. We had a flurry of online interactive activities for the students and staff alike. After the completion of the first month of the New Year, the online semester is also in full swing, and with the commencement of mid-semester exams this month, the atmosphere for the students has turned quite somber as well. Classes and exams continue to be online for the current semester.
January was marked by the beginning of the online Spring semester on the 6th, with a new glimmer of hope, of nearing normalcy, as the vaccine hit the market.
I am delighted to inform you that the recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) 2021 and the Young Alumni Achiever Award (YAAA) 2021 were announced on January 26. We would like to thank you for the nominations sent by you for the awards. The committee has selected the following Alumni for the awards: