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The attendance in all the DU colleges is hovering from 10 to 40 percent ever since DU reopening, i.e. from 1st February 2021. DU reopening was initiated for the postgraduate as well as undergraduate final year students. Hence, it has been 10 days since the class resumptions. However, the response from students is yet lukewarm.

Why are the students reluctant to join even after DU reopening?

As per the administration of DU afflicted colleges, the DU students from other parts of India are unwilling to return. Hence, one of the vital reasons could be the lack of accommodation facilities. Most of the outside students have vacated their hostels, PGs, and other rental accommodations and will have to restart their hunt.

However, a lot of students don’t want to juggle their online and offline classes. Hence, they are opting for the digital classes unless there is a full-fledged DU reopening.

Another important reason for low attendance is that students are willing to follow the social distancing norms as they are not yet vaccinated. However, vaccination has started in a full swing, but the vast majority is yet to get it. Hence, until then, students have shut themselves in their homes.

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Statements of college principals on the DU reopening response:

Anju Srivastava, Principal of Hindu college, says that they reopened for social science and pure science students on 1st February. However, attendance has been 20 percent only. She adds that low attendance is because large student demography is from outside Delhi. The Physics department of Hindu College witnessed the return of only 15 students out of 100.

Hence, students are not comfortable with the online and offline hybrid. Therefore, a full-fledged DU reopening is necessary.

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Manoj Khanna, principal of Ramjas College states that the students are afraid to return. Hence, this has resulted in this poor turnout. However, Deshbandhu College witnessed a positive turnout in its Zoology department with 80 percent attendance. The other science departments of the college also had around 40 percent attendance.

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