UGC New Guidelines 2020 for College Reopening Released. University Grant Commission has released the new guidelines for Re-Opening the Universities and Colleges Post Lockdown due to COVID-19 Pandemic. The schools are closed till March 2020 due to COVID-19 now the govt announced to reopen all the Schools because the situation gets alright. So, candidates can download the guidelines and follow the instructions given in the guidelines while going for college.
In the guidelines they are given many instructions like wearing masks, sanitizing & other things regarding preventive measures of COVID-19 check details here.
Generic Preventive Measures/COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour:
The following public health measures are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by all (faculty members, employees, students and visitors) in these places at all times:
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible
- Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory
- Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty
- Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible.
- Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed
- This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly.
- Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.
- Spitting shall be strictly prohibited. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised wherever feasible.
Re-Opening the Campuses – Issues and Challenges:
- To follow the advisories/guidelines/directions issued by the Central/State Government, Ministry of Education and UGC from time to time to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Uncertainty among students regarding admissions, modes of teaching-learning, completion of courses, examinations, evaluation, declaration of results and the academic calendar, etc.
- Anxiety, mental health and psychological issues of students developed during the lockdown period and fear of infection after the opening of campuses.
- Safety measures including sanitisation of premises, thermal screening, ensuring physical distancing, face-cover/mask wearing, respiratory hygiene and hand-hygiene etc.
- Preparation for risk assessment and subsequent actions which may be required depending upon the residential status of the institution – whether fully residential, partially residential or non-residential.
- Varied conditions of the pandemic in the state, area and environment where the students mainly live while making risk assessment and planning to address these challenges.
- Besides students, a serious risk of infection will also be faced by the faculty, counsellors and other technical and non-teaching staff also who face/ interact with the students and also among themselves regularly.
Measures Required before Re-Opening of Campuses As the universities and colleges are likely to face a number of issues at the time of reopening, they will be required to plan in advance. Some of the measures, which the institutions may have to take prior to reopening, are given below:
Pre-requisites Before reopening of any campus, the Central or the concerned State Government must have declared the area safe for reopening of educational institutions. The directions, instructions, guidelines and orders issued by the Central and State Government concerned regarding safety and health in view of COVID-19 must be fully abided by the higher education institutions. However, they may develop stricter provisions and guidelines, if they feel it necessary.
The universities and colleges have to make adequate arrangements to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty and staff. The universities and colleges shall be allowed to open only if they are outside the containment zones.
Further, students and staff living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the colleges. 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 ‘Aarogya Setu App’.
The institutions should be ready with a plan for handling the inflow of students, faculty and staff in the campus, monitoring disinfecting measures, safety and health conditions, screening and detecting the infected persons, containment measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the campus, and also alternative plan(s), in case the campus needs to be closed again due to spread of the virus in campus or in the surrounding area(s) in near future.
Hand washing with soap, Face Mask is must and so on
Self monitoring is must & also preventive measures taken by the candidates