The final year students are needed to attend and complete their DU Practicals. Hence, a degree will be awarded only after the completion of the DU practicals and the whole course content. However, it is not compulsory for first and second-year students. They can perform their practicals in the next academic semester after College reopening.
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Is the conduction of DU Practicals a top priority after reopening?
With the college reopening, the students can willingly attend the practical sessions. However, the entire process is obstructed by Covid-19 threat and logistics. Hence, Delhi University has reopened in a phased manner for the conduction of DU practicals.
However, outstation students cannot yet join as most of the hostels, PGs, and rental accommodations are not open. Approximately 20 percent of the outstation students need hostels as they are expected to attend DU practicals. Hence, the colleges are working on reopening hostels for such students.
Final year students who need access to labs for their practicals are allowed in the first phase of reopening. Hence, science students who needed laboratories for the practical session can work now. Also, other related activities like internships, projects, and training are being conducted. Vikas Gupta, the DU registrar, says that all covid-19 precautions are undertaken. Parents, who are concerned for their children are also addressed.
Colleges witness only a few students appearing for DU Practicals:
Ramjas College witnessed only 8 students on day-1 of reopening. Delhi-NCR students are also not able to join due to border tensions. Also, the principal says, that students cannot be compelled to join as it on a voluntary basis.
Hindu College observed very few students for the practicals of Zoology and Physical Science. Hence, the college is depending on video demonstrations of experiments as a substitute for hands-on experiments.