Delhi University has decided to reopen the varsity in a phased manner, with libraries opening from Sept 6. Practical/laboratory offline classes for final year UG/PG students will be allowed from Sept 15. However, DU has clarified that the physical presence of students will remain optional.
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DU Releases Notification- What to Expect
In a press release dated Sept.6 2021, the DU administration has confirmed the reopening of campus in a staggered manner. The decision came after the Department Of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) showed green flags regarding the reopening of schools, coaching institutes and colleges in the national capital from September 1.
College libraries will be allowed to reopen from September 6th. Final year Undergraduate and Post-graduate students from the science stream and other courses requiring practical/laboratory work will be prioritized for offline classes. This arrangement is to start from September 15th onwards, with a maximum 50% of total class strength allowed in each class. The decision to attend online classes will rest completely upon the students. Furthermore, classes for theory subjects will continue online as it has been.
“The University of Delhi is committed to the concerns of safety, health and well-being of its students, teachers and other supporting and non-teaching staff, yet in the light of Delhi Disaster Management Authority Guidelines dated 30.8.21, decided phased opening of the University of Delhi colleges, Departments and Centres”, read the official notification released on the University’s official website.
DU Guidelines for Offline Functioning
The guidelines prepared by the University are in accordance with UGC mandates. To that end, all colleges are required to adhere to these during the process of reopening. The SOPs prescribed by the DDMA must be strictly followed in addition to the following:
- The teaching and non-teaching staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the University in a physical mode.
- It is mandatory to ensure that the students entering varsity have been administered with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
- It must ensure that the percentage of students in each class should not be more than 50% at any point in time.
- In case, a common premise is shared by a morning and an evening college, it is expected that the Principals of both colleges will work out a conductive timetable and will also share the resources for smooth conduct of teaching and learning activities.
Last month, a notice regarding the phased reopening of the varsity was released by the administration but later indefinitely deferred. This was done in order to receive the final call regarding reopening from the DDMA. Following this, numerous students had taken to social media to demand the reopening of the University with #reopenDU trending on Twitter.
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