Delhi University directs classes, labs to be open 8am to 8pm
The Delhi University has issued a new directive to all its colleges and departments, asking them to keep their classrooms and laboratories open from 8 am to 8 pm on all working days. This move aims to ensure the maximum utilization of resources available to students. The notification was uploaded on the university's website on Thursday, and the colleges and departments have been given until May 31 to submit an action taken report.
According to a university official, this mandate was not in place before. In the notification, the university stated that it had revised the timings in accordance with the University Grants Commission's (UGC) guidelines. The UGC had issued guidelines on January 14, aimed at extending the availability of all resources to students in central universities and other higher educational institutions.
In an official notice, DU said, "The University Grants Commission vide its communication D.O. No. F.13-10/2022 (CU) dated 11th January 2023 issued by the Secretary, UGC has requested the central universities and HEIs to make appropriate measures for the implementation of the UGC Guidelines for Optimal Utilization of Resources available in Central Universities/Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) so as to extend the benefits to the UG/PG students and researchers."
DU added, "Accordingly, all the colleges and departments are required to take appropriate measures to open the classrooms and laboratory facilities from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm on all working days."