Delhi University begins Online Classes for Students again after two weeks, DUTA seeks extension

The university has lost several faculty members to COVID however, the DU online classes after a two-week suspension.

Updated: May 17, 2021 16:19 IST

Delhi University Online Classes: The University of Delhi has started online classes from today, after a two-week suspension. However, the university’s Teachers’ Association (DUTA) is pushing for an extension of this suspension. In the last week, the university has lost several faculty members to COVID including the head of its political science department and two teachers each from Daulat Ram College and Deshbandhu College. Therefore, DUTA is seeking an extension. 

DUTA Seeks Extension

On Sunday, the DUTA had asked that this suspension be extended for another two weeks, stating that “given the prevailing situation where every day we are losing our near and dear ones or where self or family members are struggling with the illness, the situation continues to be grim.” The association also asked for other relaxations for the university community. It also asked that an alternate mode of assessment instead of examinations be held for final year students as well. As of now, their online open book examinations are to commence on 1st June.

“Teachers are reporting that students across colleges and courses are not in a position to submit IA [internal assignments] given their mental stress and family situations. Hence, we request that for the continuing students - IV semester students (UG courses), this deadline be relaxed further. Many teachers are still in the grip of COVID and are finding it difficult to meet these deadlines. As there will be no semester-end examinations for the continuing students, this relief can be given to students and teachers.”

Delhi University Teacher's Statement 

As per some of the teachers, It is not possible to push students to submit their assignments at this time. So many of them are struggling with COVID in their families. Further, they said, teachers have decided to be lenient and flexible in their approach. “We know the difficulties that students are facing so we are going to be relaxed about things like attendance.” 

Earlier, on 4th May, the university administration had notified that online teaching shall remain suspended till 16th May. The decision was taken after demands for suspension of classes have been raised by hundreds of first-year students from various colleges. Earlier students of different colleges had written to the Principal demanding that classes be temporarily suspended.

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