According to the latest reports, Jawaharlal Nehru University popularly known as JNU, is all geared up to reopen the campus from 2 November 2020. The decision is the result of relentless pleas and strikes from the JNU Student’s Union demanding the reopening of the campus. Reviewing the situation, the concerned authorities have to decide to open the campus for the day scholars and final year PhD students who must be given access to the laboratories so that they can complete their thesis.
JNUSU’s Efforts to Fruition
The JNU Students’ Union or JNUSU has been demanding a phased return of research scholars to the campus and has been on indefinite strike at the university’s gate since 17 October 2020. After their relentless effort and perseverance, they were allowed to meet the chief security officer (CSO) and dean of students (DoS) to decide upon the immediate plan of action.
According to the official notification, “The campus will be opened in a phased manner with effect from Monday, i.e., 2 November 2020 because of the pandemic situation. Only the final year PhD Research scholars, including 9B students and project staff who require laboratory access only in science schools and special centres, will be allowed.”
Safety Protocols to be Followed
The concerned authorities have released specific guidelines and SOPs which the students must be aware of. According to the guidelines:
- COVID-19 testing camps with the assistance of district health care centres will be set up inside the campus.
- All the students must download the ‘Arogya Setu’ app on their mobile phones.
- All the requisite meetings will be done online. No gathering on the campus will be allowed.
- Self-declaration and undertakings are mandatory for the students to produce during the time of joining the campus.
- Outstation candidates will have to go through a seven-day quarantine before commuting to the campus.
- Proper thermal screening, wearing of a mask and frequent use of hand sanitizer will be mandatory for the students.
- Social distancing norms must be followed inside the labs and on campus as well.
The notification further said that reopening of the campus for the second phase will be considered only after the successful execution of the first phase. The concerned authorities will review the situation and make the necessary amendments if required.
The second phase, which is tentatively set to begin from 16 November 2020, will be for the final year PhD scholars who were residing in hostels. Supervisor’s certification for laboratory access will be mandatory for all students joining the campus.