Tata Institute Of Social Sciences Still Undecided About Reopening Campus

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Mumbai: Even as Mumbai colleges prepare to reopen their campuses after 11 months, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is yet to take a call on reopening its campus.

“We are studying all guidelines and assessing the requirements for physical classes. For TISS, opening the campus would mean opening hostels to students,” dean, academics at TISS, PK Shajahan was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

The institute had issued a circular on March 17 last year and asked students to vacate hostels in view of COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, the Deonar campus has remained closed while classes continue online.

According to Shajahan, the institute is analysing the ground situation currently for implementing the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines for reopening of campuses. “We will follow all guidelines and take a decision after making an assessment of the ground situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the call for reopening the campus and granting library access is growing louder among students. TISS students body, Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF), has written to the administration and sought clarity on its plan to reopen.

“It is now well established that the shift to digital education has disproportionately affected students from socio-economically marginalised communities. As the mode of education has changed to online completely, students are struggling with various issues, ranging from dissatisfaction with the quality of classes to network issues that affect accessibility to classes. Many research students are unable to continue their work without access to library facilities. We have demanded the administration to take these issues into serious consideration and reopen the campus in a phased manner as per the guidelines of the Maharashtra state government,” PSF was quoted as saying via a statement by HT.

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