Imagine sitting in your room, wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset and getting the feel of walking into a conference, or an expo, or watching a product demo. This isn’t science fiction as the Covid-19 outbreak grounds millions of people worldwide.
Starting this week, Dalmia Bharat Group is organising morning Bhagavad Gita discourses through a Zoom call, where its employees working from home can tune in before they get to their work online. “Once the lockdown stops after 21 days, this may just become a way of life (in the company),” said Menon.
Online users who have enrolled with Simplilearn for courses on cyber security, Cloud, DevOps, AI and data sciences have jumped 15% in March.
The Indian Institutes of Technology at Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Ropar, Madras, MNIT Jalandhar, the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, St Xavier’s College, Jadavpur University, Lucknow University and Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University are among those making their own sanitisers.
Other popular routines include calisthenics, resistance band workouts, Bollywood dance, and strength and conditioning as fitness studios go virtual on different mediums to cater to rising demand for online sessions.
All employees have been requested to work from home with immediate effect. The company is ensuring that the IT infrastructure is in place to facilitate business continuity, with scheduled meetings managed via Microsoft Teams/ Skype, the company shared in a release.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar and Roorkee have together quarantined about 40 students and faculty members who have a history of travel to Covid-19-hit countries.
Nirvana Being, located in the capital’s Khan Market, has sold 300 hazmat suits after having begun stocking them this month. It also sells online. Online marketplace IndiaMart said demand for such suits jumped fivefold in February.
Leading institutions such as IIM-Ahmedabad, IIM-Kozhikode, IIM-Indore, IIM-Trichy, Bhavan’s SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur are introducing measures including postponing of events and large gatherings, imposing travel restrictions and holding extensive awareness generation sessions on campus about the outbreak.
Representatives of the institute say a new date for the convocation will be decided depending on how the situation unfolds.
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