Second and third year students will be required to attend classes in person.
With Delhi University set to resume offline teaching from Thursday, a section of distant students, especially those in their final year, have demanded that classes be held in a hybrid format. DU colleges are expected to reopen and resume offline classes from February 17.
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Some colleges will hold classes for first-year students in a hybrid format, while second- and third-year students will have to take in-person classes. The move has caused distress among out-of-town students who are scrambling to arrange travel and accommodation. Some of them said that exams were coming up and there was no point in arranging accommodation for only a few months.
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate students of Delhi University have started a petition saying they should not be recalled for just two months. Addressed to the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Overseer and Dean of Student Welfare, the petition was launched on change.org and more than 40,000 people have already signed it.
“Several students from outside are apprehensive about going to Delhi. But our voices drown out amidst all the excitement. There are several graduate and post-graduate students like me who are in the final year from their studies at DU,” said the petition started by Kalyani AP.
“Outstation students who are in their final year should be given the option to continue…virtually,” he said, adding that the mandatory three-day isolation meant Outstation students would not have only three to four days to plan the trip and reach Delhi. .
Tanya Pandey (25), a senior student at Campus Law Center and one of the signatories of the petition, said, “I think the students shouldn’t be called back for just two months. Since the exams are approaching and we are almost at the end and mid-semester vacations are also approaching, there is no need to make new accommodation arrangements and travel to Delhi just for a few months.”
Harshita, a freshman B.Sc student from Uttarakhand, said online courses are a better option amid COVID-19 as health comes first. “Although the last two years of the pandemic have been very difficult for everyone in the world, it has indeed taught us the importance of health and life above all else. So online courses are a much better option to learn because health comes first, and it also saves us time when traveling, which can be used to better prepare ourselves,” she said.
University principals, however, said there were no plans to hold online classes for final-year students. The exams will also take place in offline mode.
Miranda House said it will hold classes for first-year students in a hybrid format, while second- and third-year students will have to attend in person. “We will have a mixed/hybrid mode of education and students will receive academic support to alleviate stress,” Miranda House director Bijayalaxmi Nanda told PTI.
She said second- and third-year students will study offline, but they will also receive academic support through online materials. Similarly, Rajdhani College will only hold online courses for freshmen.
Aryabhatta College principal Manoj Sinha said there would be no pressure on students to attend classes and that they were trying to ensure that students could receive recorded lectures in line. “We are thinking of solutions such as providing online lectures, in addition to trying to provide technical support for students,” he said.
Even Hansraj College intends to offer a hybrid mode of study for freshmen. Delhi University colleges were closed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The university had given the green light to resume practical sessions in February last year, but after the emergence of the second wave, classes were suspended in March. In September, the university allowed final-year undergraduate and graduate students to return to campus, but attendance was low.
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