Delhi University on Friday deferred its decision to resume physical classes for science students from August 16. The university had issued an official notification on Thursday announcing that It will conduct classes for science stream students Given the decline in coronavirus The case, following which a section of teachers had expressed displeasure over the university’s decision to invite students to the campus.
“The instruction to conduct classes for PG and UG programs in respect of science courses in the university and its colleges in physical mode with effect from August 16 has been deferred,” said the new notification issued by Registrar Vikas Gupta.
“The decision has been deferred since the Delhi Disaster Management Authority did not issue any guidelines on reopening of schools and colleges. Reopening the premises would have been a violation. We will wait for the guidelines,” Gupta told PTI on Friday.
He said the decision was not deferred due to criticism of the move by a section of teachers. Professor Abha Dev Habib welcomed the new notification issued by the university.
“It is good that the university has reviewed its decision due to the responses received. There was a lot of panic as a result of the sudden notification about classes and labs in physical mode for science PG and UG courses,” she said.
“Since vaccination for 18+ has just started in the country, the university should give time to students to complete their doses. Teaching in overcrowded rooms and laboratories would have meant health hazards for all. Many teachers and non-teachers, who fell ill during the second wave, are now taking their first dose of vaccination.”
Habib also said that the teachers are waiting for normalcy to be restored.
“As teachers we are concerned about the dilution of online teaching and exams. However, the university needs to come out with a well thought out plan. Re-opening cannot be a hasty exercise,” she said.
The university was closed since March last year due to Kovid, but final year students were allowed to return to colleges in February this year to access laboratories and take practical classes. However, classes were again suspended in April due to the second Covid wave.