Delhi University (DU) Tuesday mentioned it was suspending online classes in all faculties and departments till May 16 attributable to rising instances of COVID-19 within the capital. The choice has come after calls for for suspension of classes have been raised by a whole lot of first 12 months college students from varied faculties.
In a discover Tuesday, Registrar Vikas Gupta mentioned, “In view of sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, the online teaching shall remain suspended till May 16, 2021 in the Departments and Colleges of the University. This is issued with the approval of the Competent Authority.”
Earlier college students of varied faculties together with St Stephen’s College, Hansraj College, Gargi College amongst others had written to the Principal demanding that classes be briefly suspended and the tutorial calendar be reworked maintaining in thoughts the present disaster.
In their petition, college students had talked about that attending classes was changing into a problem since many had been down with COVID-19 themselves or had members of the family affected by the virus.
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Gupta mentioned these components had been considered whereas making the choice to droop classes. “Classes for the fourth and sixth semester students have already finished on April 29. Only the second semester students are remaining, whose admission was delayed last year because of COVID. We were getting many reports that students were either affected by COVID themselves or their family members were suffering. We have also lost many teachers to the virus,” Gupta advised The Indian Express.
“The problem now is that of the academic calendar. It mandates 180 days of teaching. We will have to see what to do. We will try to reduce classes but beyond a point even that will not possible. But we are working around it. It is difficult to plan beyond a point because the situation is unpredictable. We still don’t know when the COVID peak will come,” he mentioned.
Hindu College Principal Anju Srivastava who’s recovering from COVID-19, welcomed the choice. “In our college around 30-35 teachers are down with COVID, and many non-teaching staff too. Student attendance in classes has also dropped all around. We have got many mails saying either they have got COVID or a family member. So this is an appropriate move taken by the university.”
She the tutorial calendar could possibly be labored round. “I think all of us are responsible enough, and it should be our self-commitment that we will cover up the losses through extra classes etc. We are conscientious,” she mentioned.