GITAM (Deemed to be University)

COVID-19


22nd September 2020


23rd April 2020

THIS FIGHT
WE WILL WIN, TOGETHER.

Hello all,

It has been a month since Janata Curfew, today. I sincerely hope this message finds all of you, staff, students, parents, alumni and partners, in good health and at home in these trying times. I’m truly impressed how we have all quickly adapted to the situation so that academic operations do not get compromised. The only way to overcome this pandemic is to work together and take a unified stand and to that end, I appreciate each one of you for fighting COVID-19 by taking all precautions and staying safe at home.

GITAM'S CONTRIBUTION

GITAM has contributed Rs. 1 Crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Funds of AP (Rs 50 Lakhs), Karnataka (Rs 25 Lakhs) and Telangana (Rs 25 Lakhs) to support the state governments in their fight against the pandemic. Close to half of this amount was raised by employee donations and the rest was matched by GITAM’s funds. A sincere thank you to all the staff for their contribution and to many of them who offered to us before any decision was taken.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has also entrusted GIMSR Hospital with treating all Covid positive cases so far in the district of Visakhapatnam. GIMSR is well-prepared to deal with the outbreak with support of all our stakeholders. Our top priority at GIMSR remains safety of staff, patients and visitors. We have also offered GITAM hostel spaces on request of the Govt, many currently on stand-by, to be used as a quarantine facility. Should there be more quarantine needs, other vacant rooms will be used up first. Our pharmacy department, on the other hand, is preparing significant quantities of sanitizers as per WHO standards. We are also helping our local communities in small ways by supplying some essential items like sanitizers and food items in Hyderabad, Vizag and Bengaluru.

ADAPTING TO THE PRESENT

A few of our students, international students in particular, couldn’t return to their homes in time due to the travel services closure. Rest assured, that they are being taken care of on our campuses.

We are continuously trying to mitigate any disruptions students might experience in adapting to remote, online instruction. There remain challenges though, for example with courses involving physical laboratories and we are working on dealing with such issues separately. All other concerns around examinations, placements etc. will be addressed continuously based on the changing external situation.

To our staff, we are committed to no firing due to the Covid crisis and we will also continue to hire quality talent as faculty and leaders to help prepare the organization for the future. At the same time, we are keen to conserve resources and limit spending to essential and priority areas only in the near future. If the pandemic becomes worse and lock down gets extended, we may have to take up more austerity measures.

COURSERA PARTNERSHIP

In adapting to the future learning needs and in line with our interest as a University to have a strong digital presence, we are happy to announce a 3-year partnership with Coursera. One of the world’s largest online learning platform, Coursera will enable our students to access their high-quality library of courses from top universities around the world. For the first three months, we have half the licenses that will be used to sensitize faculty to the platform further and enable final year and pre-final year students to do courses that will help them prepare better for an uncertain and concerning economic situation ahead. After the initial three months, these licenses will be extended for free, as well, to all students, faculty and some even to Alumni, subject to availability, for at least the first full year. More details will follow separately.

We also want to thank all staff, students and alumni for your candid participation in the KPMG surveys and want you to know that we are taking it seriously and are working on it. We will slowly but surely address almost everything from the great feedback we received.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

We are closely following all the directions issued by central and state governments. Our campus spaces, hospitals in particular, are being subject to regular and extensive sanitizing. Until the pandemic dies down completely, and our students, parents, and the larger ecosystem feel safe and secure, we will stay cautious and vigilant.

It is time for GITAM to re-invent itself and prepare for the numerous changes the post COVID-19 world will bring. I am continuously working with all the stakeholders of GITAM to ensure that we are ready to take on any challenge the future might present.

Please be helpful to the less fortunate around you. And please make the most of this time with your loved ones who you’re self-isolating with. For those of you who are or feel alone/concerned, remember we are with you for any support that is needed.

Thank you,

SRIBHARAT MATHUKUMILLI

President - GITAM (deemed to be) University

P.S.: Stay safe and please feel free to reach out to us with any concerns you might have.

For any assistance call: 8880884000 or write to covid19help@gitam.edu

14th March 2020

Dear Students/Parents,

I am writing to you the details of GITAM’s response to the Corona Virus crisis. We stand with you and the community at large to learn as much as possible about the impact of this emergency on us, our friends and family and the society we live and work in. GITAM is alert and prepared.

In our effort to balance the imperatives of continuing our work to the maximum possible extent and keeping our community healthy, we have initiated certain procedures including preparation of GITAM hospital to handle isolation referral of COVID-19 suspected cases, suspending certain operations, spreading awareness on hygiene and the need for voluntary reporting of sickness. As our very valued stakeholders, your perspective is of immense significance for us and we welcome your collaboration and suggestions on this onerous situation. Please be reassured that we have some of the best minds of GITAM on the job of preparing to handle this public health emergency.

GITAM is committed to the on-going updates to its community and its extended family. There are no reported cases of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students at this moment. GITAM Institute of Medical Science and Research is continuing the surveillance in its campuses to call for medical assistance who develop symptoms of cold, cough, fever and shortness of breath. GITAM is prepared to move its students and staff who are ill into isolation. The cleaning of vulnerable common areas and surfaces of recurring contact at regular intervals with disinfectants is in progress.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. GITAM had instructed all its constituent institutions across campuses to postpone or cancel events being hosted by them involving more than 200 participants, between 14th and 31st march, 2020.

Before signing off, I wish to personally reassure everyone that we will do our very best to support our students and community. We constantly remind them of the resources available on campus and have processes in place to connect them to medical and psychological services. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely

Prof. K. Siva Rama Krishna
Vice-Chancellor

08th October 2020

COVID-19 information to staff and students. Click here for more information.

01st October 2020

GITAM COVID-19 Policy Click here for more information.

01st September 2020

MHA orders on unlock 4 guidelines Click here for more information.

10th August 2020

GITAM Tuition fee date extension Click here for more information.

5th August 2020

Commencement of new academic year Click here for more information.

7th July 2020

UGC revised guidelines on examinations Click here for more information.

01st July 2020

UG & PG supplementary examinations notification - only for final year and earlier batch students Click here for more information.

01st July 2020

MHA orders on unlock 2 guidelines Click here for more information.

28th June 2020

Note on exams to students Click here for more information.

02nd June 2020

Guidelines for Phased Re-opening Click here for more information.

30th May 2020

Instructions to final-year students on online examination Click here for more information.

23rd May 2020

MBA, IMBA, B.Arch & M.Arch Final Semester/Trimester results pertaining to Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bengaluru campuses have been released Click here for more information.

22nd May 2020

Notification for final year end examination for UG and PG students Click here for more information.

18th May 2020

As per the extension order of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, GITAM Deemed to be University is extending Lockdown period till 31.05.2020.

14th May 2020

Extension of last date to apply for Supplementary Examinations.Click here for more information.

07th May 2020

Notification for Repeat Continuous Evaluation(RCE). Click here for more information.

03rd May 2020

As per the extension order of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, GITAM Deemed to be University is extending Lockdown period till 17.05.2020. Click here for more information.

15th April 2020

As per the Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 14 April 2020, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, the GITAM Deemed to be University is extending Lockdown period till 03.05.2020. Click here for more information.

1st April 2020

Exams scheduled in may are postponed due to present corona pandemic. Exact dates will be intimated later-Centre for Distance Learning(CDL)

1st April 2020

To assist running business-as-usual from home for faculty and staff, we established an IVR service for frequently needed services to work from home

Call Phone # 0891-2866-440

  • Press 1, for online classes, video conferencing and GITAM network connectivity requirements
  • Press 2, for your G-Staff, online leaves evaluation and HRMS requirements
  • Press 3, for your online payments, receipts, fee reconciliation requirements
  • Press 4, for student, staff and parents SMS broadcasting services, emergency ID card services
  • Press 5, for admissions landing pages, posting notifications on website, and other website services
  • Press 6, for exams related information
  • Press 0, for all other requirements

The service desk is open for business as usual. While we are striving to serve all tickets, there may be a delay in few services that requires our physical commute.

25th March 2020

As per the Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 24 March 2020, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, the University comply with 21 days Lockdown from 25 March 2020. Click here for more information.

17th March 2020

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India instructions and advice for prevention and management of COVID-19, the class work for students in all constituent institutes of GITAM Deemed to be University, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bengaluru campuses has been cancelled till 31st March 2020, with immediate effect without any prejudice to conduct of external examinations or any urgent works, if any.

14th March 2020

Students are permitted to stay at home if they develop fever, cough and cold, till symptoms subside.

13th March 2020

Staff are not required to give their biometry. Instead, they are requested to sign the attendance register.

GITAM Bengaluru campus will remain closed for students effective from Saturday, 14th March 2020 to Sunday 22nd March 2020 as per directions of Government of Karnataka. Any Examinations scheduled during this period is postponed and the dates will be announced later.

What is COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus is a new respiratory virus that causes the disease COVID-19. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause mild respiratory infections, although they can result in more severe disease, as seen in past years with SARS and MERS. This “novel coronavirus” is a strain that had previously not been found in humans, and its health impact is currently being closely monitored internationally, nationally, and locally, by the World Health Organization (WHO) .

What are the symptoms of the virus?

  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
  • Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.
  • Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does the virus spread?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that commonly circulate in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses have infected people, such as with MERS and SARS.

The incubation period, or the time from which someone is exposed to their onset of symptoms, is most commonly reported to be in the 2-7 day range, but may range up to 14 days for COVID-19. This means that it could take up to 10-14 days for someone to exhibit symptoms after they are infected.

Person-to-person spread is the primary source of transmission. Based upon available information, it appears that close contact with respiratory droplets from someone who is symptomatic (fever, cough) is the main source for transmission. It also appears that those who are infected may shed the virus through their bowel movements. Information about transmission is evolving and is being closely investigated by WHO.

Recent data reports that at least a subset of cases may be contagious 1-2 days prior to symptom onset, although it is believed the degree of transmission is highest when someone has symptoms. It also appears that those who are infected can spread the virus through their feces/stool/bowel movements. Information about transmission is evolving and is being closely investigated by WHO.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbours, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before visiting a healthcare provider. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives. At this extraordinary time, we at GITAM, are committed to standing in solidarity with our staff to help them tide over the crisis. We understand that during these uncertain times all of you have questions and concerns in your minds. We at GITAM as a responsible institution have listened to your questions, and have attempted to answer them in the form of FAQs. (Frequently asked questions). While all attempts have been made to answer all the questions covering a range of topics, it is possible that some topics have not been covered. In such a case please feel free to mail us at covid19help@gitam.edu. We will either respond to you directly with an answer, or if it applies to a broad audience, we will add it to the FAQ’s during the subsequent cycle.

  • What is the tentative date for start of new academic year?

    The probable date for fresh admissions is likely to be September 2020.

  • Will health screening be available for everyone once the campus reopens?

    The health screening will be available for everyone as per protocol.

  • Will online teaching-learning continue even after lockdown?

    If it is considered as necessary, online teaching may be continued.

  • Students will return from different parts of the world. How will we ensure that Coronavirus doesn’t creep into our campuses?

    Most of the international students are already in the campus. Screening will be done as per norms.

  • How will we ensure social distancing, if mandated, in classes once campuses reopen?

    We plan to implement this by staggering time lines.

  • What arrangements are being undertaken for when campuses reopen? Are there masks and sanitizers available in enough quantity? Will Motion sensor soap dispensers and disinfectant tunnels be available?

    Yes.Masks and sanitisers will be made available, Disinfectant tunnels will also be made available.

  • Can we screen health of students from time to time and issue medical fitness certificates? This can help build trust among parents (about safety of their wards).

    This will be done as per protocol provided to us.

  • Faculty are dependent on public transport which might remain shut even after lockdown is lifted. How are faculty expected to commute to campus?

    We understand the situation and as per the indications available public transport is expected to resume shortly.

  • If lockdown is lifted but campus is not fully operational can we still come to campus for a few hours?

    Yes .You can for making use of lab/library facilities.

  • In case lockdown continues, can we get official passes to visit campus if required?

    Yes.You can get official passes.

  • What will be GITAM’s plan of action if government insists on taking over hostels?

    It will be addressed as and when the situation arises.

  • There are students who have foregone placements to study further abroad but won't be able to. The job market is not great either at present. Can we sign MoUs with foreign universities so as to help students complete their first year of Masters' here and then move abroad and join their universities once dust settles on Covid?

    To know more about the existing MOU’s, please contact HoI of concerned Institute.

  • Is it possible to conduct pre-talk online? Is it possible to conduct online viva-voce for PhD students/research scholars

    Directorate of Academic Affairs (DoAA) has come up with minor changes in the Ph.D. submission process. The details are given below.

    • Conduct of Pre- talk (respective departments):

      It is suggested that the pre-talk/pre-submission seminar be conducted online.

    • Thesis submission documents as per checklist (from Institute):

      Scanned soft copies of all the required documents have to be mailed to the DoAA through proper channel for further processing.

    • Verification at DoAA

      The submitted soft copies will be verified for completeness and the thesis will be subjected to plagiarism check.

    • Final submission of soft copy

      If the thesis clears the plagiarism check, the guide will be intimated to submit the final soft copy of the thesis (through official email of the guide).

    • Conduct of final viva-voce through online is permitted.

  • For those who have given their pre-talk but haven’t submitted their thesis, will they get the six-month extension as suggested by UGC? Do they need to pay fees?

    Yes, they will get the extension and there is no need to pay any additional fee.

  • Can endorsement letters be issued if we want to apply for grants?

    Yes, we are issuing the endorsement letters to all the PIs for the grants. I request the PIs to submit the proposal well in advance to us as mentioned in the announcements. We discourage last minute submissions.

  • We’re being asked to submit of UCs and SEs for DST projects

    Directorate of YGC affairs is facilitating all the Utilisation Certificate (UC) and Statement of Expenditure (SE). As per the directions from the funding agencies, the PI need to submit the provisional SE & UC, duly signed by the PI, Finance Officer and Registrar, online for subsequent release of grant-in-aid. It is requested to kindly direct the concerned Principal Investigators to provide the duly filled in and signed Statement of Expenditure to Directorate of UGC Affairs, through email, in order to facilitate the preparation of Utilisation Certificate at our end, as per the instructions of funding agencies. They will send back the duly signed (Finance Officer and Registrar) provisional Statement of Expenditure and Utilisation Certificate to the concerned Principal Investigator, through email, for online submission to the agency.

  • Is it possible to hold a webinar with PIs?

    We encourage this. PIs email your queries to research@GITAM.edu or director_ugcaffairs@GITAM.edu. We will plan a webinar soon.

  • Request for a workshop on how to publish in Scopus

    Wehave plans to conduct one soon. Meanwhile, AICTE & Elsevier has organized a Webinar on Research Workflows, Research Metrics and Excellence in Academic Institutes. I encourage all the faculty members to attend this. Details have already been emailed.

  • When will notification for PhD in GITAM be released? How are PhD admissions being conducted?

    The application is live since 12/05/20. We aim to conduct online examinations and interviews. This has been approved by Hon'ble VC.

  • Can a meeting be arranged with Academic Affairs to address issues of research scholars

    Yes.Absolutely.Any queries can be emailed to director_academicaffairs@GITAM.edu. If needed, a call can be organised.

  • Will laboratories be opened anytime soon, so PhD scholars can do research?

    Of course, yes. Keeping in mind the guidelines of COVID-19 issued by GIMSR.

  • Faculty can publish articles in good publications if good data of COVID cases admitted in GIMSR is available.

    It is true that if there is good amount of data available, publishing becomes easy. It is suggested to form a team with external collaborators and aim for good journals. We have observed that all the journals are inviting COVID related articles and since it is a new research area there is a good chance of acceptance in high impact journals. It is important to focus on quality.

  • Can we access plagiarism check software at home?

    With regard to plagiarism software, please check with respective HODs/HOIs for the same.

  • Requesting provision of full suite of tools and software normally available at the campus for research

    CATS has already done some work for the access. It can be done through Nimbus.We will updateonce it has been rolled out to the entire faculty.

  • For students residing in remote areas without laptop, desktop or even smartphones and facing power breakdowns, Can physical examination be considered favourably?

    Those who do not have technical support can write offline examinations when the University is reopened.

  • Some of the faculty lack high speed internet connection. Can the institute provide a high speed dongle?

    On providing high speed dongles, the university is looking into this option.

  • Not all faculty have a basic laptop and it’s hard to teach without them. Can institute arrange laptops and deduct the amount from our salaries in instalments?

    On arranging laptop the university is looking into this option.

  • Need access to cadence tools (EEE) to complete teaching requirements

    To access cadence tools(EEE),please check with your HOD.

  • We are already using CoCubes technology to undergo GAT exam. Can we extend these to take exam for our regular students?

    Mock examination with testing platform is under consideration.

  • How to access e-journals, e-books, online databases, Scopus website, Scopus research papers, other portals remotely i.e. from our homes?

    All E-resources are available via knimbus link on Library website. We'll continue to add more resources. All E-resources are accessible with your student or employee email ID. If you need assistance accessing E-Resources, please email to remoteservices@GITAM.edu.

  • KRC e-resources are accessible only from institution network. Can you provide credentials so that we can login from our home network as well?

    All E-resources are available via knimbus link on Library website. We'll continue to add more resources. All E-resources are accessible with your student or employee email ID. If you need assistance accessing E-Resources, please email to remoteservices@GITAM.edu.

  • ELSEVIER software is providing online teaching with e-library and other facilities. Can we explore it?

    Please explore and mail any queries to research@GITAM.edu.

  • Is it possible to establish VPN to access the resources of the campus?

    Yes. Please contact remoteservices@GITAM.edu stating your need.

  • It’s not possible to visit GIMSR for normal or emergency cases. Neighbouring communities are suffering due to this. When can we expect GIMSR to resume its normal operations? When can full staff expect to join back?

    It is possible for GIMSR to resume normal activities only when the Government permits. All staff are working even now as per shifts

  • Is it possible to have a GIMSR doctor app with support from CATS or telemedicine to suggest treatment for non-COVID cases?

    While the idea is good,we can’t start things on our own,we need permission from regulatory authorities. Management is considering this.

  • We’re facing connectivity issues at GIMSR and it’s becoming difficult to follow up with old patients. Some old patients are not aware of telemedicine facilities available to them.

    Yes, it is difficult, they can be made aware of the facilities through phone. Once lockdown opens up, a more detailed intervention will be done to improve connectivity.

  • If someone from GITAM community contracts the viruswill GIMSR treat them?

    Yes, they will be treated at GIMSR as per the Government protocol.

  • Are any new programs (like B.Tech in Nanotechnology) being launched?

    Website has the information about all the new programs that have been introduced this year.

  • When will PhD admissions start? We haven’t released a notification yet. Can we go ahead and release them?

    The application will be live by Monday 18/05. We aim to conduct online examinations and interviews. This has been approved by Hon'ble VC.

  • How are admissions happening this year? What is the response to online exam?

    Admissions are happening through GAT test being conducted in an online Take From Home format. 2 phases are completed and phase 3 is scheduled between 20th and 23rd May.

  • Can we implement check-outs as it’s done in IT companies? This will strengthen work from home.

    WFH is very much possible. The online check-in/out are not needed. HOD/HoIs can manage this. University leadership will communicate about this as and when a decision is taken.

  • When can we expect the permanent faculty recruitment to happen?

    The process has already started and likely to end by mid-June.

  • My contract ends today? What am I to make of this?

    It is automatically extended by 1 month,barring a few whose contracts have been terminated. It may be extended if service is required, based on the recommendation by HoD/HoI.

  • Where exactly in Vizag is the school coming up?

    The school will be within GITAM premises

  • Will the school have both lower and upper kindergarten this academic year?

    Waldorf schools follow a mixed age kindergarten of nursery, lower kg and upper kg. For the current admission cycle, Swechha is taking admissions of children in the age group of 2.5 years to 4.5 years.

  • Is it okay if some faculty aspire to teach at Swechha?

    This possibility can be explored and only if it doesn't mean losing good university faculty to school. A point to be noted is that the compensation structures will also be different.

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives. At this extraordinary time, we at GITAM, are committed to standing in solidarity with our students to help them tide over the crisis. We understand that during these uncertain times all of you have questions and concerns in your minds. We at GITAM as a responsible institution have listened to your questions, and have attempted to answer them in the form of FAQs. (Frequently asked questions). While all attempts have been made to answer all the questions covering a range of topics, it is possible that some topics have not been covered. In such a case please feel free to mail us at covid19help@gitam.edu. We will either respond to you directly with an answer, or if it applies to a broad audience, we will add it to the FAQ’s during the subsequent cycle.

  • By when can we expect campuses to reopen?

    The reopening of campuses depends on the policy of the Govt of India and Govt of AP.

  • Will seventh (i.e. next) semester be held online?

    This has not been decided yet, a decision will be taken/ informed on the basis of prevailing conditions.

  • How to make sure that no Covid positive person enters campus? Say Hyderabad is in green zone but Mumbai is in red. Will campuses reopen without waiting for Mumbai students?

    The screening will be done for everyone as per protocol.

  • Will the academic year 2020-21 get extended due to lockdown? How will it affect the schedules of upcoming semesters?

    The extension of academic year will depend on Govt policy, UGC & MCI regulations.

  • To help plan internships, please provide information about the opening dates of next semester.

    The opening dates of next semester depends on Govt policy, it is most probably in August.

  • How are day-scholar students expected to commute to the campus once the lockdown ends?

    As per the indications at present public transport is expected to become operational

  • We chose higher education over placements but now given the situation we would prefer to get placed. Is this possible?

    This is certainly possible through Off Campus opportunities. We are working on the modalities. Please register with DoTP. Future opportunities will be mailed on receipt.

  • There are many of us who are not placed as of today. Will we still receive placement support?

    Yes. DoTP continues to support through off campus opportunities. Please keep an eye on Cocubes platform. PRE ASSESS score is valid for one year after graduation. Pl check your GITAM mails regularly and get in touch with T&P Cell/Faculty Co-ordinators.

  • Companies where we have been placed are not responding to our mails. What should we do?

    All the corporates are waiting for settling down of new operating conditions (New Normal).Company owned training centres will be opened up for ab initio training thereafter.DoTP or the recruiter will get in touch through mail/ telecon. Please stay in touch with DoTP.

  • We are being asked about joining dates. How can we confirm without receiving degree?

    Please indicate the Joining date as End Jul/ Early Aug (Tentative).Extension can be sought if needed. Please respond positively to any query from the corporate. Please get in touch with DoTP in case of any ambiguity.

  • Many of us are confused about whether we should go for higher studies.

    This depends on how the conditions emerge, choice of geo location, courses and prevailing health conditions at the target location. Please wait for more updates on COVID-19.

  • Will those of us who are placed but might lose jobs due to Covid still be provided with placement support?

    Please be positive .A majority of the recruiters have indicated staggered joining due to fluctuation in demand. We have no such indications so far in this regard.

  • Is GITAM providing any guidance or coaching to those interested in pursuing a career in civil services?

    Presently, DoTP is concentrating on training & placements only. Plans are afoot to augment DoTP's manpower to take up additional responsibilities. Please contact Dept Career counsellor. Hyd - "DISHA team form GITAM Hyderabad” will provide you the guidance.

  • What is the support being provided to those interested in Entrepreneurship?

    For those interested inentrepreneurship, Please contact VDC.
    PoC: Leben Johnson M (Vizag)
    Director-Venture Development Center&
    Associate Professor
    Mobile: +91 9949388844 PoC - Mr . Mahesh Variar (Bangaluru)

  • Are there any international exchange opportunities? Can these exchange opportunities be converted to Masters’ degree?

    For international exchange opportunities, please contact HoI of concerned Institute to know more about the existing MoUs.

  • How will GATE classes be conducted? We hope there’s more emphasis on GATE 2021 as there may not be as many placement opportunities.

    Departments are doing this individually. Please contact Dept Career counsellor.Hyd&Bangaluru - Please contact T&P Cell for further details on the same.

  • Is it possible for GITAM to address the concerns of those interested in pursuing higher education abroad?

    Presently, DoTP (V) is concentrating on training & placements only. Plans are afoot to augment DoTP's manpower to take up additional responsibilities. Please contact Dept Career counsellor. Hyd& Bangalore - Please reach out to DoTP

  • Is DoPT conducting any GRE/IELTS coaching?

    Presently, DoTP is concentrating on training & placements only. Plans are afoot to augment DoTP's manpower to take up additional responsibilities. Please contact Dept Career counsellor.Hyd& Bangalore - Please reach out to DoTP

  • Is it possible to pursue higher education through Coursera?

    With regard to Coursera, please contact Departmental Coursera Taskforce Committee Coordinator.

  • Does GITAM have any MoUs with universities abroad to help us get admits there?

    With regard to MOU’s with universities abroad,please contact HoI of concerned Institute to know more about the existing MoUs.

  • Some companies were supposed to come to campus in June and July. Are they still coming?

    Will have to wait for further updates on COVID, travel restrictions & travel between different coloured Zones. Further updates will follow on receipt.

  • Some of us didn’t opt for CRT but want to apply to companies. Is this possible? Will the CRT classes be conducted again?

    CRT will be conducted for those who opted for placements. Further update will follow on receipt of decision from University Administration regarding new entrants from higher studies option.

  • Can we expect to see more AI/ML/Data Science roles on campus this year?

    Presently, the market is facing plenty of uncertainties. Firms will take time to re-establish their businesses to pre COVID level. We will need more time on this. Further updates will follow on receipt.

  • We’d like to have more of aptitude, reasoning classes at this juncture as placements are nearby.

    This will certainly be provided. Please make use of all the opportunities which are being forwarded by DoTP& training partners.

  • Is it possible to get Job Description of roles and not just salary?

    Every job posting will have detailed JD, eligibility criteria, selection procedure etc. Please refer Cocubes website/ Your account for further details.

  • Will placements be conducted online if the Covid situation doesn’t improve?

    YES. Recruiters have indicated that placements will be conducted online.. Further updates will follow on receipt.

  • Can students with backlogs appear for placements?

    Depends on the requirements of each recruiter/drive. However, the numbers are likely to be restricted. Hence clear the backlogs ASAP. Drives based on online contests accept backlogs as they check the skill sets including Coding. Ex : TCS CODEVITA. Please make use of them.

  • When will placements begin?

    Presently, the market is facing plenty of uncertainties. The Firms will take time to re-establish their businesses to pre COVID level. They will need more time & updates. Likely to be in Aug 2020.

  • Can we expect to see fewer companies coming to hire this year?

    Presently, the market is facing plenty of uncertainties. The Firms will take time to re-establish their businesses to pre COVID level. Will need more time & updates. DoTP is hopeful of getting more opportunities this year. Be positive.

  • Any plans of webinars planned for students with Dean, Director or HoDs?

    Yes, there are plans for such webinars.HOIs will be arranging webinars to interact with the students in the next 2 weeks

  • Are there interactions planned with first and second years?

    Yes. This is being planned.Interactions with President of the University will be organised for all the 1st and 2nd year students as well

  • Whom do we reach out to in case of any query? Branch co-ordinators are not very responsive.

    Please talk to your respective HODs and in case of no response please reach out to HOIs/Dean and further to ProVC/Registrar.

  • Final years will be rid of their official mail IDs soon. How can they continue to receive communication from university?

    The official email IDs issued by GITAM remain with students for life and will change to an alumni ID. We don't get rid of them. GITAMwill continue to communicate with alumni using the updated email ID.

  • How to resolve GITAM Gmail ID password and username issues? We’re unable to access it.

    The Gmail user ID/password reset facility is available in your student portal. You can reset your Gmail password after OTP validation sent to your GITAM registered mobile number.

  • How do students submit their thesis?

    Students can submit their thesis through online mode.

  • How will project reviews and viva voce happen?

    Project reviews and viva voce can be done online.

  • We’ve left behind our textbooks etc. Those who’re stuck at GITAM can’t access KRC. Requesting you to provide help with study material by way of e-textbooks, slides etc.

    If you are unable to login or unable to download, please contact CATS HelpDesk. You can get study materials from Coursera also.

  • Can students choose their own courses and time table for next academic year?

    Students can choose only electives.

  • When will exams be held? Mid-semester, end-semester, backlogs, supplementary, mid-practical’s, viva, dissertation etc.

    Mid-term are almost completed. Supplementary Mid exam schedule will be informed. End semester exams for final years will be around 10th of June, 2020. Dissertation will be completed by end of May, 2020.

  • Is it possible for students to have a choice between taking online and offline exams? Some of us don’t have connectivity and would prefer offline exams.

    In most cases online exams will be the way to go due to prevailing lockdown conditions. In case of difficulty, offline can be taken once justified when the University reopens.

  • Some subjects may need descriptive treatment. How are you going to conduct exams for them?

    For subjects that need descriptive treatment,we are working on alternative solutions.

  • For projects, tests are to be conducted through third party but now since labs are closed what will happen?

    Please contact your respective HoDs for more details.

  • How will lab exams be conducted?

    We are considering alternativesolutions. This will be informed in due course.

  • What to do if exams clash with TCS assessment tests?

    In case of a clash, we will consider re-scheduling at that point of time.

  • Is it possible to switch to a different platform to conduct exams?

    The university is considering the best platform

  • Is it possible to conduct a mock exam just to help us familiarize with the testing platform?

    Yes, the university is considering mock exams.

  • By when can we expect our degrees and certificates (Provisional and Actual)? We are being asked to join our companies or apply for higher studies and we need these ASAP.

    The provisional certificates will be available by end of June, 2020 for students with no backlogs.

  • Can we get some clarity on exam schedule (semester, mid, supplementary etc.), pattern (MCQs vs descriptive) and whether they’ll be held offline or online? What will be their duration?

    You will be informed of schedule and pattern of exams. Schedules will be finalized as per the UGC directions on functioning of the University.

  • Can you provide more clarity about Mid exam marks, especially at Hyderabad, where we’re being repeatedly made to write them?

    Due to technical glitches, this seems to have caused a lot of anxiety. There is nothing to be worried about, every student's concerns will be addressed. Mid exams marks will be resolved in a clear manner and communicated to you. You can contact your HoD.

  • When can we expect results of previous semesters?

    The results of the previous semesters have already been announced.

  • When will the semester term exams be held?

    You will be informed when the schedule is made as per UGC guidelines.

  • If in case you decide to conduct the exam online, can you please make sure that the exam can be attempted via phone?

    We will notify about the devices permitted for online exams.

  • There are students who missed a mid-exam. How to make up for that?

    The supplementary mid-term examinations are being scheduled.

  • How is viva voce being conducted for management students?

    For management students viva voce will be conducted online.

  • Is it possible to release exam dates two weeks before actual date of exams so that we can prepare well?

    All attempts will be made to inform the actual exam date as early as possible as per the UGC guidelines.

  • Earlier, we’d refer to textbooks from KRC. Now we can’t access them. What resources are being made available for students?

    All E-resources are available via knimbus link on Library website. We'll continue to add more resources. All E-resources are accessible with your student or employee email ID. If you need assistance accessing E-Resources, please email to remoteservices@GITAM.edu.

  • Fourth year students are missing out on clinical cases. How is college ensuring that we make up for this?

    You have to catch up on them once the college resumes. we are also planning to have case discussions in the online classes. This is an unprecedented scenario and we have to adapt to it.

  • Fees have gone up from Rs.2,47,500 to Rs.2,67,500. Please verify if there is any technical glitch or if there's an actual increase.

    The fees of all four years of study are same. You may contact Account Section if there is any discrepancy.

  • Can you extend the time to pay hostel fees?

    Yes. Extended due date for the payment of the hostel fee will be informed.

  • Is it true that hostel fee will go up?

    There are no revisions in hostel fee. This is not under consideration.

  • Are we to pay hostel fee for the duration of lockdown?

    There is no food charges during lockdown period and establishment charges have to be paid.

  • Can we have the option of paying tuition fee in instalments? Also requesting you to extend the date for payment of fees.

    Instalment payment of tuition fee is under consideration. The payment schedule will be informed.

  • We also need help with Letters of Recommendations etc. when applying to Masters’ degree. How to get them?

    Please reach out to your respective professor/HOD/HOI from whom you would like to receive a letter of recommendation.