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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Panjab varsity to continue with online classes

Deepankar Sharda

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17

Panjab University has decided to continue with online classes for students from the campus and affiliated colleges considering the rise in Covid-19 cases among PU officials and due to the unavailability of all hostels on the campus.

Prof RK Singla said on the basis of detailed deliberations, it had been decided to continue with online mode of teaching for the time being in all teaching departments/regional centres/affiliated colleges/constituent colleges for the current semester. The final decision concerning calling students to the PU campus/regional centres/affiliated colleges/constituent colleges shall be taken in due course of time depending upon the improvement in Covid-19 situation, said an official commune by the PU.

The decision is likely to be extended till December as online examinations are scheduled for entry classes next month.

Earlier this month, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had announced new guidelines for reopening of universities and colleges across the country on Thursday. For central universities and other centrally-funded institutions, the decision was left to the Vice-Chancellors and heads. However, for state universities and colleges, the respective state governments were asked to take the call. Colleges and universities in Punjab reopened on Monday to a poor response.

"It's better to continue with online teaching amid rising number of cases for this month. The UT Administration is yet to hand us over the hostels, which have been converted into isolation wards, and in such scenario, if we throw open the campus, it will be difficult to adjust students here," said an official. He further added, "The university is likely to be open after December. As of now, there's no question of its opening for this month," said another source. Recently, PU Registrar and Finance amp; Development Officer was found Covid-19 positive.

from The Tribune

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