Mumbai, July 28 -- Over 70% first-year students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) would have liked meeting their classmates in person instead of the online introductions, conducted owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. A survey of 238 engineering students, who completed their first year in the online mode, was released as part of the Freshers' Newsletter on Sunday. The survey found that 168 of the respondents said they wanted to meet their peers in person. Around 19% of the respondents said they feared they would not be as good at interpersonal interactions on text, according to the newsletter issued by the first-year students.

The new batch of engineering students was inducted online and almost all academic activities, barrin...