According to official statement, the Jawaharlal Nehru University will reopen in a phased manner from November 2, starting with day scholars and final year PhD students.
The university has been physically shut since March in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has been demanding a phased return of research scholars to the campus and has been on an indefinite sit-in at the university’s gate since Saturday.
“University will be opened in a phased manner with effect from Monday in view of the pandemic situation, only for final year PhD Research scholars, including 9B students and project staff who require laboratory access only in science schools and special centres,” said the statement issued by JNU administration.
The second phase, which will begin from November 16, is for final year PhD scholars who were residing in hostels, it added. Supervisor’s certification for laboratory access will be mandatory for all students joining the campus. Also, the implementation of the second phase would depend on the successful implementation of phase one.
“After reviewing the operation of both the phases, the plan for subsequent phases for other students may be worked out. COVID-19 testing camps with the help of local district administration shall be organised in the campus on regular intervals,” the statement said.
Filling-up of a self-declaration form, downloading Arogya Setu app on phones, undergoing seven days quarantine upon arrival in Delhi from outstation and before joining the university are some of the guidelines made mandatory for the students.