JNU to reopen for PhD scholars from Monday – education

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The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will reopen for PhD scholars from Monday in its fourth phase of reopening the campus after being closed for over seven months in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“PhD students from all schools (both day scholars and hostelers), who require to access the laboratory, are allowed to go into the campus from December 21. The students should mandatorily self-quarantine themselves for seven days and submit a self- declaration,” JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said.

The university has announced that the central library, all canteens and dhabas will remain closed because of the pandemic.

“Aarogya Setu enables early identification of a potential risk of infection and thus, acts as a shield for individuals and the community. To be able to ensuring safety in offices, workplaces and laboratories, employees and students on best effort basis will have to make certain that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees and students.

“The heads of departments may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and continuously update their health status on the app. This will facilitate timed provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk,” Kumar added.

Conducting meetings online, opening doors and windows right through office hours, avoiding air-conditioning, social gatherings and mandatorily wearing masks are some of the guidelines issued by the university.

“Whether any employee or student and their members of the family are tested positive or under home isolation or under home quarantine, they’ll notify approximately the same with supporting documents immediately. Whether it is found that anybody is violating the above instructions and COVID-19 protocols, such violators shall be liable for disciplinary action,” Kumar said.

The JNU was once physically shut in March in view of the pandemic. The phased reopening of the university campus began on November 2.

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