The authorities of the IIT Kharagpur has asked around 2,400 students and researchers who are still stuck in their hostels to leave for home by June 20.
Registrar BN Singh said on Sunday that the institute wants the students back on the campus by September when the new semester will begin.
"Of the total 12,500 hostel boarders, 5,400 were there when the lockdown began in end-March. Another 3,000 were transported home last month and around 2,400 are presently staying in the campus," Singh said. They will leave by June 20, he said.
"Instead of staying on the campus with no classes being held in classrooms, they can spend quality time with family and resume classes from September," Singh said.
"Since the academic session 2019-20 has been closed and all academic activities will be completed within June 15 and the normal academic activities may only start from September, we request the students (UG, PG, research scholars) and project staff who are staying in the hostels/ halls to proceed for their home now. The institute will close mess facilities in all hostels/halls with effect from June 20," according to a notice issued by the registrar.
For any pending project work, the researchers can always do it from home on mail as the faculty is always responsive to their needs, Singh said.
He said the hostel service staff needed a break as they had been working at a stretch for months.