The University of Delhi will start its online registration for the new batch by mid-July. The University is likely to ask for the details of candidates’ vaccination status during the online registration for admission. The status will not affect the eligibility of the candidates and it is only to record a database for the vaccination before the varsity reopens for regular offline classes in a phased manner. A senior official also said that the vaccination status for the existing DU students will also be recorded and the ones who have not been vaccinated will get help to get the shots by the colleges.
“The university is likely to add a column in the registration form asking candidates if they are partially vaccinated, fully vaccinated, or yet to be vaccinated. This has nothing to do with their admission. It will be collected only to create a database for the university so that it can prepare well for the future. At the time of reopening, the colleges and departments can directly contact students who were not vaccinated during admission and help them get the shots,” said a senior DU official.
DU is yet to take a final decision is this matter and give their final say.
Other Central and State Educational institutes are also looking forward to vaccinating as many students and staff as possible for the college to reopen physically. As the age bracket is mostly 18-25 for the undergraduate and postgraduate students, the maximum will benefit from it. Some institutes like IITs and DU have also started vaccination drives.
PC Joshi, the DU acting vice-chancellor, said, “I will soon be writing to all the principals to collect information from all students and teachers on their status of vaccination. We will help those students who could not get vaccinated as of now. We want our entire university to be vaccinated before we reopen and re-start physical classes.”
Similar to last year, the online registration for admissions is likely to start by mid-July this year. The admissions were delayed due to the cancellation of class 12 board exams this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The varsity reopened in a phased manner briefly in November last year for laboratory work of final year research students but it was again closed in April as the second wave of the pandemic hit the country.
The Union Education Ministry’s guidelines on reopening educational institutions after the 2nd wave of the pandemic are awaited.