#ReOpenDU: Students demanding re-opening of DU Colleges launch online campaign

Students on Tuesday launched the online campaign #Reopendu on social media. Thousand of students alleged that their first semester of the year 2021 has gone wasted due to the decision taken against the reopening of colleges of Delhi University.

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Mar 30, 2021 12:28 IST
#ReOpenDU: Students demanding re-opening of DU Colleges launch online campaign
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On Tuesday, thousands of students raised their voices by launching an online social media campaign. Demanding the re-opening of colleges of Delhi University, students registered their protest against the decisions taken by the Delhi University.

Students allege the University administration for not letting the students inside the colleges, as the situation of COVID-19 in Delhi is continuously improving. On other hand, DU administration is yet to decide a final date of reopening of Colleges for the students. However, earlier it had been decided that the final year/semester students could join Physical classes for their Practicals/Exams.  

Citing the problems being faced by the students due to online classes, a student said that though he has passed the first semester of the B.Sc Chemistry course, but he has not gained any practical knowledge of it. He further added that how one can imagine a science course without practical knowledge. Another student of DU said that by taking online classes and open book exams students are only facing depression.

"Online classes are stressful plus even if I tried my best, I still couldn't find any motivation. My university is teaching me to 'cheat' through OBE", said Supriya Sharma a student of Delhi University.

Supporting the students' campaign on reopening of University colleges, Manoj Kumar Jha a Professor of the University of Delhi said, "Online teaching has inherent issues of access which further widens the digital divide. Why can't #DelhiUniversity decide to #reopen Colleges and Departments so that students find a level playing field?".

Sumit, President of Students' Federation of India (SFI) sat on hunger strike and submitted the memorandums to DU administration regarding reopening of the campus. He alleged but adamant admin is not listening the voices of students. Why DU administration playing with the future of students?

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Colleges of the Delhi University are shut since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Amid protests, University has held twice the Open Book Exams for the final year/semester students.