The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay held its 58th annual convocation ceremony Sunday using animated virtual reality and videos from the ceremony are now making the rounds of the internet.
Over 2000 students participated in the ceremony from the safety of their homes and had their e-avatars walk up the dais to receive medals and degrees from the virtual avatars of dignitaries and the director.
IIT Bombay holds its 58th convocation ceremony;
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 23, 2020
While many were impressed with the idea there were many who thought the quality of the animation could have been much better. Here are some of the reactions on social media.
— V.Aravinda Rajan (@VAravindaRajan1) August 23, 2020
This is so cool 😂
— Richa Jain (@RichaNaja) August 23, 2020
Where is the virtual after party at??
— Purnima (@noturfullmoon) August 23, 2020
When PM voiced for Digital India, this is not what he meant🙆♂️
— Suhas Manda (@suhasmanda) August 23, 2020
— Binay Kumar (@kr_binay12) August 23, 2020
Virtual q bhai…..Exam le skte ho to degree v bula ke dena chaiye#SATYAGRAH_AgainstExamInCovid
— Chandan_suman ਚੰਦਨ चंदन (@Chandansuman11) August 23, 2020
Good initiative of social distancing as well as technology coming to the fore to overcome this !
— Indian Witch-hunt 🇮🇳 (@SentiManju) August 23, 2020
WTH is this? Complete wastage of resources. It is as good as sending everything through email.
— 🔱प्रशांत🔱 (@iprashant_sr) August 23, 2020
Sir😭wonderful! Puri gta wali feel h
— PRIYAMVADA SINGH (@priyamvada700) August 23, 2020
LMAO i wonder how closely they paid attention to these renders and if the guy winning the gold medal didn’t have a generic name how close his character would be
“and the gold medal goes to balwinder kang from barnala”
the character: pic.twitter.com/vFX8yaPfvY
— ਣ (@jeyaunamaurh) August 23, 2020
A result of too much bargaining with the creativity firm.
— Pawan Dalal 🇮🇳 (@_pd5) August 23, 2020
The ceremony saw Duncan Haldane, co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, and a Professor of Physics at Princeton University as the Chief Guest. Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, was the Guest of Honour.
Watch the entire ceremony here:
IIT Bombay said in a statement that they did not want their students to be deprived of the pride and joy of graduating from the institute.
The institute also provided students with the opportunity to roam around a virtual campus, visit their hostels and departments virtually. They could also meet friends and faculty.
The entire event was telecasted live on DD Sahyadri and on the official YouTube ad Facebook page of the institution.
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