Classes to reopen in Panjab University from August 11

Members of National Students Union of India (NSUI) submitted a memorandum on Tuesday demanding resumption of physical classes

The Chandigarh administration had recently allowed colleges and universities to reopen from August, with the rider that students, teaching and non-teaching staff who turn up for physical classes must have received at least one vaccine dose. A committee has already been constituted to work on the modalities. The Punjab government has also allowed universities to reopen. According to officials, the classes for ongoing batch are going to start from August 11. Meanwhile, classes for first year UG and PG students will start from September 1 and September 13 respectively. It is yet to be decided if the classes will be held online or in physical classrooms according to the official statement.

The odd semester exams are scheduled to start from December 17 for PU and PU affiliated colleges.

PU has remained closed for students since March last year after the Covid outbreak. The classes and exams for both semesters of 2020-21 academic session were conducted online.

While demanding resumption of physical classes, students of a few departments had boycotted online classes in March. Meanwhile, members of National Students Union of India (NSUI) submitted a memorandum on Tuesday with the same demand.

PU is yet to announce the academic calendar for 2021-22 academic session, but according to the academic calendar drafted by a panel, classes will start from August 11 at PU and its affiliated colleges. “We are also waiting for the detailed instructions to be issued by the UT administration,” an official said.

The reopening of the campus for students will be in accordance with UT’s instructions. A senior official of the education department said, “We are in process of finalising the guidelines and the instructions will be issued soon.”

However, PU is also working to frame its own guidelines for students and reopening of hostels. Currently, only research scholars whose work is pending are allowed to stay at hostels.

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