UP universities, colleges to reopen from November 23 – education

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Universities and degree colleges across Uttar Pradesh will reopen from November 23 but only with 50% attendance of students on roaster basis, an official said.

The state government on Tuesday notified the guidelines for reopening of the universities and colleges, which were closed since March in view of the Covid-19 pandemic — a hole of more than 8 months.

The higher educational institutions were asked to renew classes in a phased manner to keep away from crowding on campuses, said extra chief secretary, higher education, Monika Garg in her order sent to all district magistrates and registrars of universities.

The classes may start with 50% attendance, the order said and added that each one students have to wear mask, use hand sanitiser and care for social distancing to prevent spread of the virus.

According to the guidelines, the universities and colleges have to make provision for thermal scanning and hand wash for students and staff.

Vice chancellors and principals have been asked to lay down standard operating procedures (SOPs) to run the institutions.

To combat Covid-19, educational institutions can also enter into a tie-up with nearby hospitals, NGOs working in health sector, etc.

As per the guidelines, parents have to be sure that their wards follow health protocol while absent from home. Whether a student isn’t keeping polite, parents will have to ensure they don’t step out of their house. All students are required to download the Aarogya Setu App.

Students, teachers and staffers living in containment zones is probably not allowed in the institutions, which are required to publicise Covid-19 helpline numbers.

At the entry points, educational institutions will have to keep away from overcrowding of students and that they may enter through a disciplined line. In the study room, students will be required to take a seat at a 6 feet distance and they’re going to not be allowed to share books, paper money and laptops.

Universities will be allowed to reopen hostels where all health protocols may also be followed. Students having Covid-19 symptoms is probably not allowed to stay in hostels. Dining tables will have to be have shyed away from and hostellers will have to be asked to take meals in small groups. Students visiting common areas will have to wear mask. Swimming pools will continue to remain closed.

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