Closed for two years, Jamia issues office order over its re-opening
Days after some students’ peaceful protest for reopening of Jamia Millia Islamia citing that many universities have opened their doors for students after Covid cases have decreased across India, Jamia Millia Islamia posted an office order on its social media regarding its decision to reopen the university.
It was in March 2020 when Jamia was closed following the arrival of Covid in India.
A two-page notice issued on February 14 carrying signature of Jamia Registrar Nazim Husain Jafri on Monday is online.
“The university has limited seats in the boys and girls hostels and the hostel buildings are being either renovated or under maintenance. Taking into consideration the Covid-19 protocol, it is not possible or advisable to provide residential accommodation till Covid protocol exists,” said Jafri.
Earlier in a press release issued to the media, protesting students said that they submitted a memorandum to the university administration putting forward their demands.
It mentioned: “Jamia administration has neither taken any stand nor released any notification with regards to the reopening of the University. Through this, what we, the students of Jamia, understood is that the administration is not at all concerned about the needs of students.”
It also said: “By keeping the campus closed, the university administration is completely depriving the students, their right to equal education. That’s why, we demand immediate reopening of the University campus, including central library and all departmental libraries, xerox points, canteens, hostels and internet facilities. If our demands are not accepted, the students will be organising massive campaigns, sit-in protests and class boycotts for reclaiming our campus. So, we are demanding you to accept our demands and immediately reopen Jamia.”