As Covid cases dip, students pressure colleges to resume physical classes

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With Covid cases down within the capital, almost all universities are seeing protests from students demanding that campuses be opened and physical classes resume.

Jawaharlal Nehru University, being a residential campus, was the primary to see protests with many students led by the JNU Students’ Union demanding that each one students be allowed to return in a phase-wise method.

The first section of return started on November 2 final yr when solely final-year PhD students of science college and particular centres have been allowed to enter the campus. Since then, the college has allowed extra students to enter, together with final-year M.Phil students and final-year M.Tech students.

However, the JNUSU has demanded that students from the social sciences and humanities also needs to be allowed inside. As of now, the one non-science students allowed are final-year PhD students who want to submit their thesis by June 30. Their entry has solely been allowed on February 15.

Two campuses which have seen protests previously one week are Jamia Millia Islamia and Ambedkar University Delhi. In each cases, there’s a demand for restarting physical classes.

Unlike JNU, Jamia has not but begun even a partial reopening. In an workplace memo dated February 8, the Registrar mentioned, “The Online teaching and virtual demonstration of laboratory work shall continue to be conducted for all academic programs through online platform till the time the Executive Council decides the date of re-opening of the university in a phased manner after receiving affirmative consent and opinion from the parents on the matter in the light of Covid situation.”

Jamia’s EC has in truth determined {that a} survey be carried out and its discovering be positioned earlier than the physique in its subsequent assembly “after the month of March 2021”, suggesting that any opening of campus will solely happen April onwards.

At AUD, whereas classes are nonetheless happening utterly on-line, students have been given entry to services just like the library and pc lab, and analysis students have additionally been allowed entry to the lounge made for them. The canteen, nevertheless, is but to open. Here, too, the demand of physical classes or at the least educating in blended mode is being made by students, and the AUD Students’ Council is within the technique of conducting a survey.

Delhi University had opened on February 1 for final-year students who wanted entry to laboratory services. However, principle classes are being carried out on-line. Since reopening, DU has additionally allowed entry to 5 of its libraries and its studying rooms to analysis students and school members. However, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad which heads the DU Student’s Union has demanded extra.

On Thursday, protests are deliberate in DU’s North Campus demanding physical classes, particularly for final-year students, and entry to all libraries.

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