During COVID crisis and resulting lockdown, NITIE leapfrogged seamlessly to online admission for all of their programs. True to its nature, Industrial Engineering Institute developed and optimized a process of admission which received very good feedback from both candidates, faculty and staff. This can surely be considered a best practice and benchmark for other Institutes to follow.
The candidates were asked to record interviews of up to 15 minutes through a platform within 2.5 hours of time slot. The interview had a few known questions and few surprise questions randomly generated. All questions were well thought out and finalized by faculty a priori. The interviews were uploaded on cloud and 3 faculty members were able to evaluate the same, providing individual scores and also consensus scores as a panel. The whole process was water tight with no information leakage from one entity to the other. The advantages were that a candidate, even from the remotest place in India could record and upload the interviews from their homes. Panels of faculty could evaluate the videos from their own homes. About 2000 candidates and faculty provided very good feedback and we feel the process can be upscaled to other Institutes in India.