On Saturday, Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), as a part of the phase-wise re-opening process allowed the people with disabilities category of Science schools and centers who are Ph.D. scholars to return to the campus from December 21. Both day scholars and hostellers of this category, the admin said in a circular, needed labs access and hence will be allowed to return and he further re-iterated that the JNU’s central library, canteens, and dhabas will remain shut.
There is a mandatory seven-day self-quarantine for the outstation students before they enter the campus. Wearing masks and gloves while working in labs has been advised. Students have also been advised to install Aarogya Setu App.
JNU Students’ Union has opposed the move. They will hold a demonstration, on Monday, on the campus demanding that the students from non-science backgrounds should also be allowed to return to the campus. They are also advocating the re-opening of the library, dhabas, and mess for all the students who reside in hostels.
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M Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-chancellor JNU, after consulting with the university Covid-19 monitoring committee and based on guidelines of the ministry of home affairs. He shared that they are concerned about the safety of students and that they can allow more students on the campus only when the COVID-19 situation improves.