The Delhi Disaster Management Association (DDMA) has given a nod to the reopening of higher education institutions. This includes both schools and colleges including University of Delhi (DU). After the meeting between government officials and DDMA on February 4, universities and colleges will be allowed to reopen fully. The DU administration had previously said they won’t be able to allow physical classes until colleges are 100 percent functional.
With the latest development, the university board is expected to roll out a reopening plan soon, but no announcement has been made about that yet. Notably, while many other universities in Delhi including IP University and Ambedkar had reopened their campuses in the meantime with precautionary measures, DU has yet to reopen. The students have been taking classes from home for almost two years now.
Some of the students have taken to the microblogging site Twitter to reopen the university and made their demands.
Let me be clear that Ugc has already authorized Delhi University to reopen in physical mode but Delhi University apologized for ddma as they will not reopen until ddma approval. Now ddma has announced that it is mandatory for colleges in Delhi to teach offline classes#reopendu
— Prince Bansal (@princecv688) February 4, 2022
Students protested in various ways, demanding the reopening of the campus. Student organizations claimed that the university is forcing students to fall victim to the digital divide. They claimed that not only students who do not have access, but also students who have access to online classes have experienced learning loss.
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