On Tuesday, DU’s Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh said that there is a fear of recurrence of Covid-19 cases. Therefore, a decision on the Delhi University reopening will be taken after Diwali.
Moreover, he said that in the last meeting of teachers and principals, he had advised increasing the college timings. As a result, overcrowding will not take place and more students can accommodate.
The Vice-Chancellor says, “We will decide this after Diwali. There is a suspicion that Covid-19 might recur. We will think if the situation stays fine.” He added, “We can increase the timing of the colleges, which could result in the addition of more sections. Gradually, this can help in accommodating the extra seats created and the EWS seats. This will be better than opening new colleges.”
Further, he says “In Delhi Technological University (DTU), we had kept the timings from 8 AM to 6 PM, which was useful. If it is done, the staff will come in a staggered manner. Also, the teachers who have classes in the latter half of the day can arrive late. This is a suggestion in case colleges want to adopt it.”
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The All India Students’ Association (AISA) members and other student bodies are on a hunger strike to demand the DU campus reopening. On the second consecutive day of the strike, stakeholders raised slogans against the pro-corporate methods of the education establishment.
Leader of the farmer movement at Tikri Border, Jasbir Natt said while addressing the students, “An all-out attack on corporatization must take place and the students, farmers, and workers will continue to bring the way.”
Moreover, Professor Nandita Narain, former DU Teachers’ Association president, talked about the drawbacks of online education. She says, “Our students are being transformed into cheap labor for corporations. Prevention to this plot of government is necessary.”
The student associations have decided to keep on the hunger strike and will assemble at the Arts Faculty. Initially, they had decided to hold a 48-hour hunger strike. Though, on Tuesday they decided to continue it till they get a confirmation from the administration on reopening the campus.
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