The vice-chancelllor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has approved the resumption of offline teaching and learning activities across various departments, centres and schools. However, this will happen in a phased manner. The order has come in the light of the third wave of COVID-19 subsiding across much of the country, allowing students to come back to the residential hostels after producing valid vaccination certificates.
“The opening dates have been decided in a phased manner for the ease of outstation students from various parts of the country so that they can comfortably make the necessary travelling arrangements,” said the AMU registrar, Abdul Hamid.
According to an official notice from the Office of the Registrar, “Research scholars of various departments of studies will be allowed to continue their research work physically from March 7; the teaching of the fourth semester of all postgraduates will commence in the offline mode from March 15 and the final-year undergraduate students will continue to attend online classes, but they will be allowed to visit departments for laboratory, field and other practical work and for physical interactions with teachers from March 15.”
“The offline classes at various AMU schools for students of Class X (SSC) will begin from March 3 and the face-to-face classes for Class XII (SSSC) will start from March 7,” the notice further stated.
The notification also mentioned that the Maulana Azad Library will resume its services from March 1 for the purpose of study in the reading rooms but only for the research scholars. “Other facilities for the students will be extended after issuance of valid identity cards to the students. The library timings will be from 8am to 10pm, while the college/seminar libraries of the departments of Studies will be functional from March 7 as per the scheduled time.”