The Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), M Jagadesh Kumar announced on Monday, April 12, 2021 that the varsity shall continue the ongoing academic session through the online mode. The admission process for the upcoming academic year 2021-22 is likely to begin by the end of April 2021. He further stated that the concerned university shall decide on conducting offline classes next year depending on the pandemic situation.
JNU vice chancellor conducted a Facebook live along with certain JNU officials on April 12, 2021. In the live, he discussed the current state of affairs of the university campus in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in India. According to reports, Kumar clarified that the current academic session shall continue to function through the online mode. Admissions for the upcoming academic year shall begin by the end of April 2021. Offline classes for the next year shall entirely depend on the existing pandemic situation.
Kumar went onto inform students that the university has taken all measures to ensure that the teaching-learning process goes on without any hassles. He further informed that all the JNU’s courses are functioning through the online platform. The entire current semester shall function through the online mode. He further informed students that after reviewing the COVID-19 situation, they shall arrive at a consensus about offline classes for next semester.
Jayant Tripathi, the director of admissions, responded to a question during the live session regarding the admission developments for next year. The director clarified that the prospectus and seat requirements from various schools and colleges have already been finalised.
The admission notification is likely to be issued by JNU authorities by the end of April 2021. Prospectus for admissions shall be released on the official website around the same time. Subsequently, the entrance exam for JNU admissions 2021 shall be conducted in July 2021, mostly in the first week, Tripathi clarified.
The director of admissions also informed about the tentative timeline for JNU admissions 2021. The university officials are aiming to finish the admission process by September 2021. This shall be less than a month late from the usual session unlike the chaos happening last year. All this shall be made possible due to the support of college staff working for longer duration without taking holidays or weekly-offs. The university is also aiming to finish the admission process in time to not affect the academic session next year.
Rector Rana Pratap Singh spoke about the hostel facility for new students during the interactive session. Singh stated that the hostel has very few rooms currently vacant and hence, it shall be difficult to formulate a priority list.
Singh implied that currently, two sets of students occupy NU’s hostel facility. The first set of students are the ones who have come back and are availing the hostel facility to access labs and other facilities. Their stay has been extended to December 2021. The second set of students left the hostel during the initial COVID-19 outbreak and have locked their rooms.
Singh further informed that very few students completed their degrees and left their rooms vacant. Creating a priority list requires a certain level of understanding to determine as to who should get the room because the rooms are limited in number. Dean of schools is currently working on this issue, Singh stated.