Universities should proactively use technology to make up the academic losses due to COVID-19: CM

  • Students who have got placement but examinations are yet to finish due to COVID-19 could get provisional degree certificates from the universities
  • Several universities are gearing up to hold online examinations of the remaining subjects
  • CM and Deputy CM held a review meeting with VCs of all the universities under the Delhi govt through video conferencing

Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Mr Manish Sisodia on Friday held a review meeting regarding the academic matters with all the Vice-Chancellors of the universities under the Delhi government. The CM and Dy CM inquired about the admission status of the new session, placement situation of the current students and the effect of COVID-19 on the placement of the students.
In this review meeting, Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal discussed the plans of the universities to complete the pending examinations which could not take place due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and Delhi CM asked the universities to proactively use technology to revive the academic losses due to pandemic and the lockdown. 
The CM and Dy CM focused on three key issues in this meeting pertaining to the academics and the effect of COVID-19 outbreak. Firstly, they discussed how the universities are planning the admission process of the upcoming academic session. Secondly, they discussed the action plan of the universities to conduct the pending examinations and how they will conduct the next academic session. Thirdly, they discussed the issue of the final year students who have already got placement but some examinations are pending. In such cases, if the students do not get any degree certificate from the universities then they will face issues to join the new companies. The possibility of universities providing a provisional degree certificate to these students so that they do not face any problem in joining their companies was also discussed. The VCs have apprised the CM that they are planning to conduct the remaining examinations online.
Mr Kejriwal said, “The government will provide all possible help to the universities in this extraordinary time. In this situation, the universities should use the technology more proactively in the academics to recover the academic losses due to the pandemic. Social distancing is the key to fight this pandemic, therefore, every university should plan the academic sessions and running of the universities keeping in mind the social distancing norms.”
Deputy Chief Minister Mr Manish Sisodia said that many universities have a business faculty and department. These universities should suggest the Delhi government what steps should be taken to revive Delhi’s economy in the post-COVID-19 lockdown phase. 
The meeting was attended by the  Vice-Chancellors of GGSIPU, DTU, NSIT, Ambedkar University, IGDTUW, NLU, DIPSRU and Director of IIIT Delhi.