UGC issued guidelines for re-opening campuses of Colleges & Universities Post Pandemic

To tackle with the spreading of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a large number of law schools all over India are opting suspension of classes. Students are being asked to vacant their hostels and return to their homes. Colleges from Bangalore, Delhi, Rajasthan, Orissa, Maharashtra, etc, have all chose to suspend regular classes as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Prior facts

The outbreak of COVID-19 happened in Wuhan, China way back in January. It had spread across the world due to travelling. After China, Italy is the next Country which have been most affected by COVID-19. More than 1,00,000 people have been tested positive of COVID-19 all over the world, and about 81 have tested positive in India. More than 5000 have been reported dead due to COVID-19 all over the globe. Europe is the most affected due to the Corona. COVID-19 has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. With this COVID-19 joined some of the other devastating diseases which have been declared as pandemic earlier like, smallpox, the great bubonic plague, Spanish Flu, etc.

Key features

  • Law colleges and many others decided to suspend classes to prevent COVID-19 spreading.
  • Many State governments have issued notice to suspend classes and close schools and colleges.
  • More than 70 people have been tested positive of COVID-19 all over India and 1 dead.

Law Schools suspending Classes

Various law schools all over the Country have suspended classes due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in India. Law College, Dehradun have suspended classes from March 16-22. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore has also suspended classes till March 28. However they’ll conduct online classes from 23rd March. Exam of Christ University, which was scheduled to be held from 16th of March have also been cancelled.

Symbiosis Law School has also issued office order notifying that classes will be suspended from 14th March to 22nd March. NLU Delhi and Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla, have also suspended classes, on precautionary directives by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and the University Chancellor, respectively. Pursuant to directions by the State Government, the National Law University of Odisha (NLUO) has also suspended classes.

Classes of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna have also been suspended. Students have been asked to vacate the University premises by March 15. Face-to-face classroom activities have been called off by the Amity University until March 31. However, online classes are to be held from the next week so that there is no academic loss. Similar directions have been issued in respect of Jamia Milia Islamia University, where it has been advised that face-to-face interaction be avoided until March 31. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal has also been closed until further orders. Further, examinations have also been cancelled.

Students of the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur were told to leave the University premises by Thursday evening. Classes were suspended until March 18. The Kerala Government directed partial lockdown in the State to curb the spread of coronavirus. For this, all educational institutions were ordered to remain closed until March 31. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi, has also issued notice intimating that classes would be suspended until further orders was issued by the administration, the same day.

Edited by J. Madonna Jephi

Approved & Published – Sakshi Raje

Sanjivan Chakraborty
I'm Sanjivan Chakraborty pursuing B.A.LL.B (Hons.) at National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam. Amused by the subject every ambit of legal study regals me. Mostly occupied with research-based studies and works. Other than law only volleyball and football can divert my attention."