UGC Releases New Guidelines For Reopening of upper Education Institutions In Phases

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Colleges and universities across the state have started reopening their gates for offline classes after being closed since March 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. to make sure the security of scholars , the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued post COVID-19 guidelines. As per the UGC guidelines, the schools and college campuses will function with 50 per cent students attending , and out of doors college activities are going to be restricted. aside from physical distancing norms, colleges are expected to make sure students and staff members wear masks in the least times, and make sure the campus is disinfected a day .

Delhi University colleges have already opened their gates for the ultimate year undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Nehru University (JNU) has allowed entry of fourth year PhD and MSc and MCA students in its fifth and sixth phase of reopening. The Banaras Hindu University has decided to reopen its campus for final-year students from Washington’s Birthday , 2021.

The UGC guidelines for colleges and universities suggest smaller class sizes so as to suits COVID-19 social distancing norms. The new guidelines have asked the institutions to make sure that “before reopening of any campus, the Central or the concerned government must have declared the world safe for reopening of educational institutions. The directions, instructions, guidelines and orders issued by the Central and government concerned regarding safety and health in sight of COVID-19 must be fully abided by the upper education institutions.”

UGC, within the guideline, has also asked colleges and universities to mandate regular visits of a counsellor to make sure mental wellness and stress-free campuses. The commission has also asked the tutorial institutions to set-up helplines for psychological state , psychological concerns and well-being of the scholars . “Regular mentoring of scholars through interactions, and appeals/letters by the Universities/ Colleges to stay calm and stress-free. this will be achieved through telephones, e-mails, digital and social media platforms,” UGC guidelines added.

The educational institutions are advised to limit activities including visits of out of doors experts on campuses, study tours, and field works. the school , staff and students of the university and college should be encouraged to download ‘Aarogya Setu App’.

Colleges and universities need to provide online study material and access to e-resources to the scholars preferring to review online while staying reception during this era . Institutions also are asked to form online teaching-learning arrangements for international students who couldn’t join the programme thanks to international travel restrictions or visa-related issues. “Faculty should be trained for online teaching-learning practices,” read the official UGC guidelines.