Although other central universities like Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have taken steps to reopen their campuses in phases, Jamia Millia Islamia has not yet made any announcement on the matter.
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In a joint statement, student groups like All India Students Association (AISA), Campus Front of India, Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), Students Federation of India and others have claimed Jamia Millia Islamia to be its campus. Reopened as soon as possible. “Students have been facing serious problems due to the closure of schools, colleges and university campuses for almost two years since the lockdown was established due to the coronavirus epidemic. At one point, it was necessary to close all campuses due to additional cove cases and health problems. But now the situation has changed completely.
“Most institutions and public places have already opened and people with adequate sanitation and social distance have started using all public facilities,” the statement said.
However, a university official said a meeting had decided that students should be allowed to enter libraries and laboratories, such as Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) and science courses.
He added that PhD students who have to submit their thesis by the end of the year will be allowed to enter campus if they have received at least one dose of the anti-covid vaccine.
He claimed that a notification regarding the reopening of the campus may be issued soon.
Meanwhile, student organizations have said that some of them met with the university proctor in vain.
“… From his words we understand that there is not much possibility of re-launching Jamia Millia Islamia in the near future. The university meetings were held four to five days ago, but the minutes have not been released yet.
“Many students who wanted to access the library and practical equipment have not yet been allowed to do so. Without such necessary facilities, how can we call this university education? There is no security issue as the vaccination campaign is underway,” the statement read.
It said students are also facing problems due to increasing digital divisions and relentless natural disasters.
International organizations such as UNICEF say there is no point in closing the campus, while groups say reopening Jamia Millia Islamia is the only solution.
“If classes are not reopened, the education system will deteriorate further. Therefore, we urge the university authorities to reopen the university campus immediately,” they added.
Student organizations also appealed to all students of Jamia Millia Islamia to be part of the campaign to reopen the university.
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