The strength of students coming to the DU campus remains low even two weeks after the Delhi University colleges reopened for conducting physical classes.
Attendance in both Delhi University’s North Campus and South Campus has been low. This is perhaps due to the reason that the classes have restarted in offline mode mainly for science students. Also, many outstation students have not yet returned to the campus as the hostels are not yet open.
At DU’s Hindu College, the teachers and administration have been calling out students but not many have responded. The principal at DU’s Ramjas College, Manoj Khanna said that the attendance of students has been irregular and there are not many students in some of the courses. Khanna added that we can only counsel them and cannot force them. At most, we can notify students about the precautions being taken in colleges. However, the strength of students will increase only when the University reopens the hostel.
Even students have seen very fewer of their peers on the campus after the reopening. A life sciences student at DU’s Swami Shraddhanand College, Aniket Dan said that we are required to go to college once or twice a week for our practicals. However, while some students from Uttarakhand and UP are coming for attending classes, the colleges are not yet back to the pre-covid strength.
The Dean of Colleges, Balram Pani said that the administration is working on the modalities of reopening DU hostels for UG students. The process will be completed in a few weeks. This will be significant for adequate attendance in DU colleges as evident in the few colleges where a majority of students’ strength is from Delhi who are longing for college reopening. Delhi University’s Ramanujan College is one of them. SP Aggarwal, Principal at Ramanujan College said that our students are eager to return to college as they wish to meet their friends.