Three centers at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) demand for the reopening of physical classes. These centers have put up concerns depicting the shortcomings of the online classes and also raised queries over its conductance. Hence, the dean and the chairperson of JNU have received letters over these issue from the three centers and students.
Students and centers highlight the shortcomings of online classes:
JNU students are unable to cope up with the online education and have already demanded a phased return to campus. Hence, the students are willing to resume physical classes again. Internet issue is one of the most major and widespread issue that a lot of students are witnessing during online classes. Some students don’t have the money to get Internet connection and numerous others live in areas where proper network facilities are unavailable. Hence, all this makes the entire process of attending class very difficult.
However, the ones who somehow manage to access the internet and attend classes are unable to impart education and understand. Hence, the sole reason for this is a lack of clarity. The students complain that they couldn’t understand the topic in such a vague mannerism.
Pramod Kumar, JNU registrar says, “Online classes have various drawbacks but everyone cannot be allowed to come back to the campus owing to the situation.” Hence, despite all the problems, the return will only be implemented in sections.
Students protest against online classes:
The school of language protested against the online classes and demanded reopening unanimously. BA students from Spanish, German, etc vehemently opposed online teaching and revaluation methods which seems to be vague. French center has written several letters over this issue to the dean. However, all of them went unresponded.
They also add that the whole country is undergoing the unlock phase in sections. Hence, Education is a vital institution that can not be neglected with such vague remedies. The language students also state that massive events like Bihar elections are being conducted. However, the JNU administration and dean are silent over the small issue of phased and secured reopening.
Aishe Ghosh, JNU students union President states, “Online classes are difficult for women whose families are unsupportive towards them and their education.” Hence, such women are denied education amidst this trend of online classes. Therefore, they request the JNU administration to chalk out plans for implementing all the safety measures and covid-19 protocols and hence, reopen the varsity in a phased manner.
The varsity is reopening from 2nd November 2020. However, JNU had been under complete lockdown for 8 months owing to the pandemic situation. Hence, all protocols and social distancing measures will be applied and students’ safety will be put at utmost priority. Ph.D. science students who need the laboratory for their research and thesis are allowed to re-join in phase one. Hence, they will be eligible to submit their thesis by December successfully.
The administration has opened the University as promised. However, four cases have already been reported on Tuesday leaving everyone tense. Hence, the varsity wants the utmost safety.