The “I²IT Diaries” is a series of V-logs and notes wherein the I Square IT Family of students, faculty, alumni and well wishers share their personal musings about how they are faring during this national crisis. Here’s how we stay connected, show care and do the best we can for each other.

Episode 1. Adesh Patwardhan, Head Corporate Relations

An extremely positive and optimistic person that he is, Adesh speaks about how important it is that we all keep our cool, explore opportunities online and do the best we can in this crisis. In his words, “We Will All Come Out Winners At the End of the Day!”

2. Ishita Rai (TE- E&TC)

Encouraging and being upbeat even during such critical times, Ishita shares how she has utilized this personal time to indulge in things that she couldn’t earlier. She calls this her “Boon Time” – as should all of us!

3. Yamini Iyengar – I²IT Alumnus (Batch of 2019)

Working from home has become the new normal for Yamini; but she finds time to attend Toastmasters Meeting, catch up on her reading and spend time with her dogs. In her words – “Make the best of this time”.

4. Pearl Swaminathan (BE-Comp)

Pearl calls this situation a wakeup call to all of us to slow down, concentrate on our health and grow by learning something new. If there is one thing that we all have learnt, it’s that we all can avoid unnecessary expenses and live life in simplicity.

5. “A Helping Hand”- Mohan Swaminathan, I²IT Family Member

Through the St. Ignatius Church at Khadki, Mohan and his fellow volunteers, cook lunch for around 400 – 500 people daily and distribute it among the Range Hills Railway Line Construction labourers. They even send food packets to the Khadki Police Station. A true Corona Warrior!!

6. Tanmay Patil (BE-IT)

What Tanmay misses most about college is the campus life – the lectures, the practical sessions, sharing lunch with friends, the peaceful ambience of the library, interactions with faculty and staff. If you are missing campus too, Tanmay says relive those moments through the old photographs.

Let’s hope to meet soon!

7. Nishant Dalvi (BE-Comp)

Lockdown has been treating all of us either in a good or in a bad way. But what’s important is that we maintain our calm and follow the safety measures. Hence, I’ve taken up a few tasks and responsibilities so that I can help out at home, during these tough times.I mop the entire house everyday, indulge in deep cleaning periodically, water the plants and assist my family in any other chore.

Apart from this, everyone in my family ensures that we follow the norms and take necessary precautions without fail.

Stay healthy. Stay Safe.

8. Dr. Vaishali Patil, Principal, I²IT

“Paradigm shift towards blended learning” is what we see in the current situation. Dr. Patil addresses the emphasis on online teaching/learning combined with virtual labs and simulation tools as the upcoming benchmarks of higher education.

9. Rakshita Shettigar (BE-Comp)

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, most of us are searching for ways to stay entertained. I’ve considered taking up a long lost hobby of mine, Painting.

Engaging my time with canvas and paints helps me kill time and reduces mental stress. I’ve been brushing up my skills and experimenting on fabric, glassware, clay and ceramics and even if the finished result isn’t a masterpiece and it really is something. It’s important to prioritize the day for our well-being.

10.  Saif Lakhani (I2IT Alumnus)

Besides working from home and contributing to open source by creating an App, Saif spends time upgrading his skills and really looks forward to a good restaurant-made meal once the lockdown lifts.