Amidst the constant demand for reopening the campus in a phased manner, the JNU has released an official notification mentioning the extension of the registration deadline. According to the official notification, JNU has extended the deadline for the registration of the monsoon semester till 4 September 2020, while the campus will remain closed until 30 September 2020.
The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has been playing a crucial role in putting forth the concerns of the students across various fields. Regarding which, the JNUSU held a meeting with the deputy registrar on 26 and 28 August 2020 over the issues. It also reached out to Delhi CM, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, through letters and appeals.
What are the Major Concerns?
According to JNUSU, the following are the pressing issues when it comes to the student’s well being:
- Payment of Fees: Everybody is aware of the adversities the pandemic has subjected the people too. Thus, paying the semester fees at this point is not feasible for most of the students.
- International Students: As most of the students have returned to their homelands, especially international students, they are facing significant issues regarding the visa extension or banking facility for paying the fees.
- Internet Issues: The entire registration process is being carried out online as well as the fee payment. But many students are not privileged enough to avail of this facility on the go. JNUSU says that this issue must be taken care of by the authorities.
- Discrepancies in Bill: One of the spokespeople of the Union said that “there are discrepancies in mess bills, as well as the non-disbursement of scholarships, was making students unable to pay the bill.”
- Non-Revaluation of the Previous Semester: The previous semester exams have still not been assessed, which has given birth to unclarity among students regarding the future semesters. There is a lack of clarity over the registration of M.Phil terminal students of the integrated M.Phil/ Ph.D. batch who have been given time to submit till December but not made aware whether the university will extend their Ph.D. by a semester or not,” said the Union.
As a result, the students’ Union had organized a protest on 24 August 2020 at the office of the Dean of Students. Till now, no substantial results are there, but JNUSU continues with demonstrations for the rights of students. Meanwhile, the condition is worsening due to the pandemic, which is making it impossible for the educational institutes to function with full force.