In a notice Tuesday, Registrar Vikas Gupta said, “In view of sudden surge in Covid-19 cases, online teaching shall remain suspended till May 16, 2021 in the Departments and Colleges of the University. This is issued with the approval of the Competent Authority.”
Earlier students of various colleges including St Stephen’s College, Hansraj College, Gargi College among others had written to the Principal demanding that classes be temporarily suspended and the academic calendar be reworked keeping in mind the current crisis.
A majority of IIT Delhi students want the current semester to be halted for now because of the stress they are under because of the Covid situation in the country, according to a survey by the Board of Student Welfare. The students have suggested that the rest of the semester be conducted in July.
IIT-D Director V Ramgopal Rao told The Indian Express around 25 students on campus have tested positive in the last one month, and that the quarantine facility inside the campus was “small” and could accommodate “10 people at best”.
The Indian Express had reported in September 2020 on how 180 books worth Rs 1 lakh had been bought for the library but never reached it. In March this year, Retd Delhi High Court judge, Justice S N Dhingra, upheld that there had been “irregularities” and indicted the principal for hushing up the matter.
They also alleged that for the first time in the history of JNU, the Registrar was named as a member of the Executive Council (EC), even though university statutes say the Registrar is the secretary of EC. A meeting of the EC is scheduled on March 26.
"We are not taking any action against them. We put the boards at various junctions for protesters as a precautionary measure after the violence near the border. In case the farmers breach the law again, they should know it's illegal," Sudhanshu Dhama, Additional DCP (Outer).