New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Even though a decision on lockdown is yet to be taken by the Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has decided to open its doors phase-wise beginning June 1, said a report published in The Times of India. The report claimed that students returning to the campus from June 1 will have to undergo 14 days of self-isolation and then test for COVID-19. Speaking to the daily, the sources at JNU said that all recommendation have been approved by the academic council over an email.

The plan includes bulk of lectures to be conducted via digital means by May 31. The university is planning to conduct semester exams from mid-July and practical exams in the last week of July.

The document includes a detailed plan for the new academic session which includes an online examination as a backup plan for students.

The revelation suggests that JNU is in a hurry as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed that guidelines would soon be released based on recommendations of two task forces for online learning, examination and the academic calendar.

Speaking to the Times of India, JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said, 'All universities will have to follow the guidelines by the UGC. The AC members, while considering the recommendations of various schools and special centres, took due note of the UGC guidelines. In any case, our understanding is that UGC guidelines are expected to be advisories to be implemented based on the conditions and preparedness in a university."

Apart from online lectures, JNU has already began online examinations, starting with School of Environmental Science's mid-semester exams for MSC and MPhil/PhD scholars from Monday.

Kumar said that the administration is offering a flexible approach for students who are not able to access online classes and tests.

If needed, paper-based exams will be conducted once the university gets re-opened.

At present, out of the total strength of 6,400 students, only 908 students are living on the JNU campus.

When questioned about following UGC guidelines, Kumar said, "JNU is committed to following the UGC guidelines," as quoted by The Times of India.

Posted By: James Kuanal