DU colleges are all set to reopen for the final year students from 1st February 2021. Hence, these DU Colleges will utilize the rest of January in training the teaching and non-teaching staff. The Covid-19 protocols and guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UCG) will be duly followed.
Rajeev Gupta, Dean of Student’s Welfare, has already forwarded the standard operating procedures (SOP) to the DU Colleges. Hence, the colleges will constantly work to ensure student’s safety after the resumption of classes.
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How will the DU colleges proceed in the new normal?
Meetings with the DU college principals and the Department Heads were held on 5th and 6th January. Hence, a note was sent to each college stating that a blended offline-online mode will be followed. The note further explained that with the onset of a new semester and the reduced spread of the pandemic, they might switch to a blended mode of teaching and learning.
However, theory classes will continue via online mode. Hence, only practical classes will be initiated offline. DU Colleges will only reopen for final year students who need access to the laboratory. Also, Manoj Khanna, the principal of Ramjas College quoted that the hostel facilities will remain suspended. Hence, the outstation students will have to look for their own accommodation. The return of students will be completely on their own will. Hence, there is no compulsion of attendance.
A covid-19 task force will also be made with at least one senior faculty member. Hence, the Colleges will be conducting mock drills with all the teaching and non-teaching staff members.
DU Colleges on the reopening of other sections:
The student’s return will be conducted in small batches. Laboratory, skill, and practical activities will be permitted from 1st February to 31st March. Hygiene and safety regulations will be continued as per the UGC’s recommendations. Hence, the reopening of the further sections will rely completely on this 1st phase of reopening. Therefore, if everything goes well, the DU Colleges will reopen for other students as well.