Guidelines have been released by UGC for the phased reopening of higher education institutions.
On Thursday, UGC( University Grants Commission) released guidelines for reopening of higher education institutions. The institution will be reopened in a phased manner outside containment zones. Let us see what all is mentioned in the guidelines released by UGC:
There should not be more than half the strength at a given time :
First, the students in research, masters and final year undergraduates will be called upon. However, the guidelines mention the maximum number of students who can attend classes on campus. It says that there should not be more than half the total strength at a given time.
The phased reopening of higher education institutions: Guidelines released
Since 16 March, all national institutions and schools have been closed on the orders of the Union government. Last month, the state government was permitted to reopen the institutions in a phased manner from 15 October. Also, many state governments are likely to reopen the Universities and colleges from 16 November.
Isolation facilities for symptomatic patients and quarantine facilities for those who test positive:
The guidelines state “Isolation facilities for symptomatic persons and quarantine facilities for those who were in contact with the positively tested persons should be there on campus or a tie-up may be made in advance with some Government hospital or approved premises or as advised by the local authorities so that, in case of necessity, prompt action may be taken.”
Mandatory to wear masks, sanitize and maintain social distancing in the campus:
Further, the guidelines mentioned that there should be proper arrangement of health, food, safety etc in quarantine and isolation facilities. Also, all students, teachers and staff must wear masks. Further, attendance will be voluntary and the online classes will be continued for those who wish to study remotely.