The University of Delhi (DU) on Friday refused to release any circular regarding the reopening of the varsity. “Notification dated 24-12-2020 for reopening of University is fake and has not been issued by the dean examinations office,” the varsity claimed in an official statement. Also Read - Massive Vaccination Drive To Start On January 16, Know How Coronavirus Vaccines Transported, Stored

This comes after a circular claimed that DU will reopen for fourth-semester students of all undergraduate courses from January. Also Read - Delhi Vaccination Drive to be Held at 81 Centres, Four Days a Week: CM Arvind Kejriwal

The circular which has been termed as fake by the varsity had claimed that “the University will reopen in physical mode from the 3rd of January, 2021. Online classes will not be continued, and attendance will be strictly compulsory. Any student found lacking in attendance hereafter will not be allowed to sit for semester examinations, internal assessment (IA), practical, viva-voice, projects, oral (moot courts) apprenticeship, internship, fieldwork, etc.” Also Read - If Muslims Don't Trust India, They Can Go To Pakistan, Says BJP's Sangeet Som

Meanwhile, just a few days before the conclusion of the undergraduate admission process, the varsity has introduced “college-university seats” above the sanctioned strength, a move opposed by teachers and student groups.

Four members of the varsity’s Academic Council (AC) claimed that the supernumerary seats will be like management quota as the power to select candidates has been left with principals and the university.

“On the request of principals of constituent colleges of the University of Delhi and elected executive council members, a committee was constituted to explore the possibility to provide few seats to the colleges in view of Covid-19 pandemic for admission in UG courses merit-based.

“The competent authority of the university has approved the recommendation of the committee for five admissions under College University seat in the current academic session 2020-21,” a circular issued by the University Registrar on Monday said.

It said the Principal of the college will be permitted to allow five admissions (out of which two may be suggested by the university) in UG courses.

Four members of the AC have written a letter to acting Vice Chancellor PC Joshi, alleging that since there is intense competition to secure admission in DU colleges, such a move is “not only totally unethical, it is also illegal”.

“This move is an attempt to restart such opaque practices in the name of the COVID-19 pandemic. The precise connection between COVID-19 and such a discretionary quota is unclear and entirely questionable; in fact, it seems to be just an alibi for satisfying vested interests,” the letter said.

“It is relevant to point out that when DU did not care to advise the colleges for reducing the fees, where in the context of COVID 19 so many people are under financial fragility and precariousness, such discretionary admissions to candidates without any connection to COVID 19 whatsoever is a selective and ironical proposition, to say the least,” it said.