Physical reopening of campus

Physical reopening of campus

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Riki Baruah started this petition to Vellore institute of technology Chennai campus

Sir/Madam,
I hope you and your family are safe and well.
Sir, this is about our hardware labs. It is a concern of greatest importance. Being engineering students, practical knowledge is necessary. Fluid mechanics, Water resource engineering, Soil mechanics & foundation, Strength of Materials, Manufacturing Process, Electromechanical energy conversion, Mechanics of machine, Digital Logic and Design, Analog Electronic Circuits, etc. are subjects that cannot be done without attending physical labs.
Sir, we know that our faculty are trying everything they can to teach us. They are demonstrating it online and helping us, but sir, it is a known fact that 'experiments' have to be done and cannot be taught theoretically.
Moreover, the Core branches (Civil, Mechanical, EEE, ECE, ECM) have a totally different setup of labs as compared to CSE & allied branches where most of their Labs are computer based labs for which just a laptop is sufficient for coding and learning mathematics at par to the offline labs for CSE & allied branches.
We are the future of our nation, and soon enough will be on our jobs where we need to demonstrate our skills. There always been a gap between theoretical and practical knowledge, and by not doing our labs physically, we are just widening the gap.
We also do not have time for planning another session separately for labs only. How many labs will the department take at once, sir? They are just piling up and again the purpose will be defeated, we will only 'watch' them doing. Also, being in the second year many already have plans for summer internships, which means we will be occupied in summer too.
The UGC and Tamil Nadu government already gave clearance for opening of Undergraduate educational institutes including residential institutes and hostels.
Students of Core branches had already been suffering in different arenas like placements in their respective core branches, PAT training, etc. and this shutdown of physical labs is only being intensifying our sufferance.
Hence, I request you to give special thought and preference to the Core branches (Civil, Mechanical, EEE, ECE, ECM) in the phased opening plan. Please reconsider re opening the college and reinstate the physical labs at the earliest according to COVID'19 protocols which will be abided by the students, especially for core branches. After all, engineering was born from these branches!
Thank you.

Students of VIT Chennai

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