There is a demand to open the campus of Delhi University.
Amid the improvement in the situation of COVID-19 in the national capital, students and teachers have intensified the demand for reopening of Delhi University campus and resumption of direct classes. However, the university administration is taking precautions and waiting for the guidelines of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). Members of the All India Students’ Association are on a 48-hour hunger strike to press for the demand for resumption of direct classes for students.
Delhi University Students’ Union president Akshit Dahiya said laboratory classes were resumed for final year students from last month but the attendance of students remained very low. He said, “Online education cannot fulfill the purpose of getting education like offline classes. Most of the students studying in the university are from outside Delhi and they feel that it is not practical to come only for laboratory work. We have submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor in this regard several times and will also hold a sit-in on Thursday demanding the reopening of the campus.
Manish Kansal, professor of physics at Hindu College, also said that students from outside Delhi do not think it is viable to return to the city just to attend laboratory classes. Delhi University Teachers Association treasurer Abha Dev Habib said that until the university does not allow offline examination, students will not think of returning to the campus.
Meanwhile, Registrar Vikas Gupta said that the campus will be opened only after the DDMA allows classes with 100 per cent capacity. He said that most of the students are from outside Delhi, so if 50 per cent capacity is allowed, it will be difficult for the teachers to decide which students to call for direct classes.
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