With India entering into a new era of online education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) on Friday said that it will host its convocation online this year. Also Read - Changes Underway in All Sectors to Make This Decade India's: PM Modi During UoM's 100th Convocation

PM Modi will be the chief guest at the event and will address the students graduating from the institute. Other than the PM, Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre will also address the ceremony online. Also Read - Blindfolded Martial Arts Master From Andhra Smashes 49 Coconuts Placed Around Student, Creates Guinness World Record | Watch

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The virtual convocation will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook on September 22. During the ceremony, digital ‘avatars’ of students will be awarded degrees.

“The institute has also created a photo-booth, with an option of different backgrounds, for students to take pictures at some selected locations on the campus. IIT Guwahati’s faculty and students have developed a telepresence module for a virtual visit to the Institute,” read an IIT Guwahati statement.

Prior to this, IIT-Bombay had also conducted a virtual reality convocation, in what was described as a global first. IIT-Madras and IIT-Gandhinagar too will virtual convocation ceremonies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.