Calcutta University colleges plan shifts, odd-even formula to call freshers to campus | Kolkata News – Times of India


KOLKATA: Several Calcutta University-affiliated colleges have decided to allow freshers to go to campuses from November 16 for offline lessons, but they will have to follow either an odd-even formula or will attend classes in different shifts. These institutes feel first-semester undergraduate students need to get a feel of their campuses to start off their college life. But most of these institutes pointed out that in-person classes notwithstanding, online lessons will continue.
A day earlier on Tuesday, most of the state-run universities in the city — Jadavpur University, Calcutta University and Rabindra Bharati University — said they did not want to call first-years immediately and rather, their focus was on older batches.

Bethune College is one of the CU institutes that plan to call freshers in the first phase. “We will call first-semester students for physical classes as they are eager to see the college building and experience the atmosphere of the campus,” said Krishna Roy, principal at Bethune. The college will hold offline classes in two shifts, the first one from 11am to 2pm and the second from 2pm to 4.30pm-5pm. While Arts students will attend classes in the first half and science students will come in the second slot. Postgraduate students will also attend classes in two shifts for three days a week. However, online lessons will also continue as the institute plans to hold hybrid classes till November 26, after which a decision will be taken, based on the situation.
Lady Brabourne College has decided to call UG first-, third- and fifth-semester science students and PG first- and third-semester students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Arts students on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. “Online and offline classes will continue in alternative manner. Teachers will take classes from campuses and students will attend online or offline classes, according to the schedule,” said Siuli Sarkar, Lady Brabourne College principal.
Asutosh College and New Alipore College will also call first-semester students, but for two days a week. While they will attend classes on Mondays and Thursdays, third-semester students will attend on Tuesdays and Fridays and fifth-semester students on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Practical classes will be held on a new schedule. New Alipore college principal Jaydeep Sarangi said, “Online and offline classes will be on simultaneously.”
Surendranath College has divided classes according to semesters. First-year students will attend physical classes on Fridays and Saturdays, fifth-semester on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the third-semesteron Wednesdays and Thursdays. Principal Indranil Kar said, “Students will enter the campus through the main gate and the exit will be through another gate to avoid crowding.”

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