University colleges in Delhi start offline courses for section of students
Physical classes for a section of college students at Delhi University started on Wednesday with students excited to be back on campus and making up for lost time at university due to the Covid pandemic. Classes for the fifth and seventh semesters of the new academic year have begun. However, students claimed that attendance was low at various colleges on the first day. They hope this would be their first fully offline semester. Until now, they had taken classes online as the university was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harshvardhan, a third-year student at Hindu College, who attended physics classes on Wednesday, said normalcy was back. “It’s good to be back on campus, it feels like pre-Covid times. Attendance was low though as out-of-town students haven’t returned from their hometowns yet,” a- he declared. Introductory sessions were held at several colleges to inform students about the program.
Lakshay, a third year History (Hons) student from Kirorimal College said he had no class scheduled for the day but there was an introductory session. “We didn’t have classes today. The teachers told us that classes will start properly from next week when all the students at the station are back,” he said.
Excited to be back in college, Lakshay said, “This will be the first time we can start the semester in offline mode. We have a year to make up for all the lost time in college.”
Delhi University reopened for in-person classes on Feb. 17 after being closed for two years. In-person practical classes for third-year students resumed last year, but the university was closed again due to the spike in Covid cases in December.
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