Delhi University

DU working on SOPs for phased re-entry of final year students, next semester likely to be offline – education

The University of Delhi is working on the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the gradual return of undergraduate and graduate final year students, and officials also hint that the next semester can be taught offline. .

Official DU spokesman Balaram Pani, director of the Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, said that university directors and university officials are working on standard operating procedures, which are expected to be issued in a couple of weeks. “We are discussing the modalities. Students at remote stations are a concern as they may require shelters, and we are currently finding out how this can be facilitated. We are also planning to organize some kind of testing facility for incoming students to ensure that the health and safety of our stakeholders are not at risk. If he [Covid-19] The situation is better for April-May, we can start the next semester in physical mode. “

Colleges and universities in the national capital have been closed since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and classes had been moved completely online. After senior research and graduate students from science courses were allowed to return to the labs in small numbers in November, UG seniors had been demanding a gradual re-entry of science students. because they were losing their credit points due to lack of practice. lessons.

On Thursday, DU announced that after consulting with university and department representatives, the varsity team will “slowly and carefully begin to allow only seniors” to return to campus for “lab work and hands-on classes” in groups. little ones.

The announcement will affect Humanities and Commerce students as well, as both require a certain degree of laboratory work. DU Dean of Students (DSW) Rajeev Gupta said the university will begin gradual entry starting in February. Generally, end-of-year exams for DU students are held in April-May.

University directors said that ensuring physical distancing among UG students will be a great challenge. Manoj Khanna, Principal of Ramjas College, said: “It will be a challenge to ensure social distancing among the students who will be reunited after a difficult year. The seating capacity in our labs will have to be reduced to one sixth of the original, if we were to follow a physical distance of six feet. This means that students can attend only one or two physical classes in the stipulated period of time. Students who will not be able to visit campuses may feel like they are being left behind leading to the possibility of a learning gap. “

Bijayalaxmi Nanda, director of Miranda House, said they are waiting for the university to publish a notice about it. “In addition to the university protocols, our faculty is also preparing four technologically combined classrooms with 360-degree cameras so that teachers conducting experiments in the laboratory with the small group of students can record and broadcast to students who do not. they were able to attend the personal tutorials, ”he said. The university will only consider local students or those students who can organize their own accommodation, as the university hostels will be closed during this period.

Nanda also said that the university had already installed non-contact sanitizer dispensers on campus along with masks and face shields. “Our classrooms were being cleaned and disinfected according to the protocols. Now these facilities will be extended to students returning to campus in small groups, ”he said.

Manoj Sinha, Secretary General of the Delhi University Directors Association, said: “There is concern among directors, but reopening during Covid-19 is a challenge for all institutions, including the DU. However, we are mentally prepared. The conversation about vaccination also gives us confidence for faster immunization, speeding up the entry of students. Along with the university’s SOPs, we will ask students to install the Aarogya Setu app and we will also install cameras in our classrooms to video-stream classes for those students who will be attending lab work or practices online.


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