Professor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), informed the students that there will be alteration in the annual academic calendar so as to compensate for the time loss due to the pandemic and lockdown.
VC also ensured the students that the faculty was rightly following all the COVID-19 guidelines and he further highlighted the role of the Monitoring commiittee for the Covid-19 pandemic formed to spread awareness among the students and teachers about the health protocols. In the online meet with the faculty members aimed at discussing the preparedness of the varsity for the pandemic, he also informed the students about the phased opening of the academic centres.
Talking about the online classes, VC claimed that they had been able to continue with the academic process via online mode and also that certain webinars have been conducted by the teachers. Varsity has signed up with providers of such platforms.
Talking of the schedule Prof Mamidala said that although there will be certain alteration in the academic calendar but they are trying that it does not get stretched beyond the schedule. Electives are going on and the evaluation be done on the basis of that.
While addressing a student’s query he said that the idea was to compress come of the course and conduct the whole system online. He also clarified that the scholarships will be distributed as soon as possible and they will inform the students as they get the notification form the UGC.
Further the varsity also clarified that a a course list for MA Geography Semester 1 has not been offered by the central administration and that all the centres have uploaded a course list but enrollment numbers will still need time.
JNU had allowed students to re-enter the campus but in a four phase procedure in which the final-year science students will be given priority undertaking practical classes. persons with disabilities (PwD), from December 21, studying PhD courses were also allowed to take physical classes in the campus.