The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday, November, 5 released new guidelines for a phased reopening of higher education institutes across India. Reopening, however, will only be done in non-containment zones. The guidelines specify the total number of students who will attend campus on any given day. According to UGC, no campus should allow more than half of its student strength inside the campus.
In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs allocated the state government to decide on reopening of education institutes after October, 15. Schools and colleges across the country have been shut since March, 16 following the orders of the union government.
“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. Proper arrangement of safety, health, food, water etc. should be ensured for those in quarantine and isolation facilities,” the guidelines read.
Hostel facilities within residential campuses will be operational “where it is necessary” although room sharing by students has been forbidden. The guidelines mention sanitising the premises, wearing masks, voluntary attendance of students and implementation of a six-day schedule to prevent COVID-19 transmission.