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  • Dec 04, 2020

It is the time of great pandemic and country is suffering from heavy loss and the education system also gets very disturbed and it is not in a proper functioning these days. The college are running with the online classes and so many students are facing a lot of problems of getting a proper education because the only source they get proper classes is to going classes physically and now when it comes on having classes on an online interface and seeing the lectures on a screen is not very interacting and less understandable.

College reopening news: After over seven months of lockdown due to COVID-19, colleges and universities have been allowed to open with certain restrictions in place. The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday issued new guidelines to reopen universities and colleges after a nearly seven-month lockdown.

As per the guidelines, no institution should have an attendance of more than 50 per cent of students. Online classes will continue for all programmes except science, technology and research.

"The Ministry of Education is ready to meet these new challenges. The UGC has formulated new guidelines for reopening of its premises keeping in view all options and alternatives. These guidelines have also been approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Following a six-day schedule, reducing class size, setting up isolation facilities on campus, and coronavirus screening of students, faculty and staff are among the guidelines announced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for reopening of universities and colleges closed since March in view of the pandemic.

For central universities and other centrally funded higher education institutions, the decision for reopening of campuses has been left to the Vice Chancellors and heads. However, for state universities and colleges, the respective state governments will have to take a call, the guidelines said.To avoid the risk of transmission, the students, faculty and staff should be screened and symptomatic ones be advised to get clinically assessed before allowing them entry into the campus. The commission has recommended that the teaching hours in a day may be extended according to the requirements of the institution.Six-day schedule may be followed so that classes can be conducted in phases and the seating arrangement be made keeping in view the requirements of physical distancing," it said.
Universities and colleges may consider reducing the class size and break them in multiple sections to maintain physical distancing. Depending on the availability of space in class rooms or learning sites, up to 50 per cent students may be allowed on a rotation basis to attend the classes," the commission said. The universities and colleges have been asked to plan the opening of campuses in a phased manner, with such activities that adhere to COVID-19 norms including social distancing. The universities and colleges shall only be allowed to open if they are outside the containment zones. Further, students and staff living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the colleges," the commission said. Students and staff shall also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones. The faculty, staff and students of the university and college should be encouraged to download 'AarogyaSetu’ app.

Students of all research programmes and post-graduate students in science and technology programmes may join as the number of such students is comparatively less and norms of physical distancing and preventive measures can be easily enforced. Final year students may also be allowed to join for academic and placement purposes, as per the decision of the head of the institution," it added.