DU to start classes for science students in physical mode from August 16

The Delhi University will begin classes and project, practical work for science students in physical mode in view of the decline in Covid cases.

DU to start classes for science students in physical mode from August 16 DU to start classes for science students from August 16
Press Trust of India | Aug 5, 2021 - 7:23 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi University will commence classes and project or practical work for science students in physical mode from August 16 in view of the decline in Covid cases, even as theory classes will continue online, the university said on Thursday.

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"Taking note of the decline in number of COVID-19 cases, it has been decided that classes and practical or project work with respect to PG and UG programmes students in science courses in the university and its colleges shall be conducted in physical mode with effect from 16.08.2021 observing necessary protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19," an official notification read.

"... therefore all teaching and non-teaching staff shall attend the duties at their workplace with immediate effect,” it said, adding all colleges, centres, and departments shall be fully functional. The online teaching and learning activities shall continue for all other academic programmes, it said.

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The university directed the principals of colleges and provosts of hostels to ensure strict adherence to COVID guidelines while providing accommodation for eligible outstation students in consultation with Dean Students' Welfare and proctor of the university.

On Wednesday, Registrar Vikas Gupta had announced that the university is exploring the possibility of reopening the campus for students of the science stream.

DU to resume classes

The varsity was closed since March last year due to Covid but allowed final year students to return to colleges for accessing labs and take practical classes in February this year. However, the classes were suspended again in April due to second Covid wave. Professor Abha Dev Habib, treasurer of DUTA, criticised the decision, saying overcrowding in classrooms and labs will act as a hindrance in enforcing social distancing norms, while returning to the city and finding an accommodation in just 10 days will be a challenge for outstation students.

"Can a notice ask classes for any stream to be held in physical mode? It is easy to write that all protocols should be followed but how to ensure that they are followed or in fact, can be followed," she said. "In both UG colleges and science departments, there is over crowding in classrooms and labs. MSc physics department has more number of students than can be actually accommodated. Can the university expect students to return to Delhi and find accommodation in 10 days?" she said.

The university has not cared to publish any report on how many students, teachers and karamcharis have been able to get themselves and their families vaccinated, she added. "The notification declares that Covid cases are decreasing even as there are reports which predict third wave building anytime now. This letter has been issued in complete disregard of the interests of students, teachers, karamcharis," she further said.

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