The DU students are not enjoying the #digitalcampuslife because of increased screen time and consequent headaches which are not helped by problematic Wi-Fi connections. Students are still having a tough time with regard to online although it has been almost a year since DU shifted to the online mode for learning and teaching and more than four thousand DU students are protesting digitally by signing a petition to open colleges. Parshu Nain of Ramjas College shared that they were organizing digital protests. Thousands of students were participating in Twitter storms and they had signed an online petition for the reopening of campus. They will be sending that petition to their VC. On WhatsApp, there are multiple student protest groups where their protests are coordinated.
Aatika Chaudhary of Vivekananda College said that the digital divide is steep. Many of her friends in Kashmir were not able to attend most of their online classes because of wi-fi problems. Teachers were unable to explain the concepts properly because if one gets a bad connection, there is a lapse between the audio and video. In classes, there is limited interaction. The extracurricular activities have also taken a digital turn.
Students who have been reaching out to their seniors for help are unable to do so in the virtual model. Shubham Chaudhary, Executive Councilor, Delhi University Student Union said that scores of DU students reach out to him daily. DU students are mentally anguished, and they cry on the phone. Their future worries the students. The very important aspects of personality development (elections, sports, workshops, dramatics) do not find a place in the new virtual scenario.
It is claimed by the authority of Delhi University that they were trying their best to help the students but safety comes before anything. Rajeev Gupta, Dean Students’ Welfare Delhi University, said that there were no plans of re-opening the campus as of now. There has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Restrictions and precautions are suggested by the MHA guidelines and government advisories. They are with their students and were trying to help them to the best of their capabilities. They were also trying to make sure that all colleges made study material available on their websites.
Gupta said that it was difficult to suggest any amicable solution regarding Wi-fi problems faced by students because they are currently spread over the country and were not residing in a student hostel where they could be provided with a speedy connection. Things will, however, get smoother for students once the entire study material is available online. Students were welcome to reach out to them and they are ready to help them in whatever way they can.
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