Thursday, 18 February 2010

JNU to remain open during CWG..!!

As the Delhi government spruces up its plans to involve the Delhiites, especially the youngsters, in the upcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG) by sending across a circular to all central universities and schools to shift their academic calendar, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is the only exception to deny the adjustment.

Although all the institutions in the capital are keen on closing their functioning during the mega event, JNU has clearly told the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry that it would not be shutting down.

Ramadhikari Kumar, rector, JNU, says that, "Unlike others, we follow a semester system which does not have an autum break in between. Which is why, October for us is crucial and busy. Closing for ten days would mean a huge loss."

The Delhi government in its recent directive for the CWG had announced the closure of all schools and educational institutes in the capital so that the students are able to attend the event and ease traffic congestion.

Institutions such as Delhi University (DU), Indraprastha University (IPU) and Delhi Technological University (DTU) have consented to the government's circular.

P.B. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, DTU, which also follows the semester system, said that, "We will adjust our academic calendar and will try to make up for the suspended classes either during summer or winter break."

The JNU authorities feel that, their normal routine will not affect the traffic in any way due to its strategically isolated location of the residential colonies.

Kumar added that, "We are located on one extreme corner of the city, due to which I am sure that there will not be any traffic congestion on the roads. Moreover, almost 85% of our students live on campus so, there’s no question of jam."

The JNU students who have volunteered for the Games however have their share of worries to share. "Since the university follows the semester system, it will involve continuous evaluation of our studies. We cannot afford to miss the classes," said a student on the condition of anonymity.


Anonymous said...

First of all i'm surprised that no one has commented yet on such a news. And secondly why should JNU be an exception? We're part of Delhi too. How can the JNU authorities be so selfish and think only about the "on campus" students? What about the 25% of day scholars? Talk about being insensitive! Not to mention the AMAZING frequency of the 615. So now while the entire Delhi will be enjoying the games, JNU will be busy solving some of man's biggest problems in those precious 17 days or so. Hurray for all!

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