Providing some relief to the students, the JNU administration has decided to reopen the ground floor reading room inside the Dr. BR Ambedkar Central Library in a phased manner. Earlier this week, the Ph.D. students of the varsity had protested and entered the library contending that the closure of the library and reading rooms are affecting their studies. The students had demanded the administration reopen the library so that they can achieve their thesis, dissertations, and research papers before the submission deadline.
Moreover, JNU has also agreed to reopen the popular ‘Mughal Darbar’ and 24X7 food court with immediate effect with takeaway facilities only. These two are prominent food joints on the varsity campus. Deans of the school/chairpersons of the special centers are permitted to look into the reopening of the school/center level reading rooms, following the COVID-19 guidelines.
The entry gate of vehicles with JNU stickers will be allowed to enter the campus through Saraswati Puram and East gates. The entry of vehicles is also allowed to enter through IIMC gates. However, it is subject to the consent of the IIMC administration.
The NSS student volunteers may be engaged to create social awareness in the campus including the library for maintaining social distancing and wearing of face maks to prevent the spread of Coronavirus on the university campus. Students are also advised to wear a face mask in the library and reading rooms. All instructions are to be followed with strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, the notice reads.
JNU, as part of its eighth and ninth phase of reopening, has allowed the final-year Ph.D. students to return to the campus in February 2021. Earlier, JNU had allowed fourth-semester M.Phil and M.Tech students of its science school and special center, as well as final semester MBA students, both day-scholars and hostel residents, to return to campus in the seventh phase of reopening.