Colleges and Universities in Haryana and Punjab states are reopening from 16th November, a press report says. After University Grant Commission (UGC) guidelines released regarding the reopening of Higher Educational Institutes, Haryana state government has given go-ahead to the state government and central Universities to reopen for physical classes after 16th November.
"The Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions outside the containment zones may be opened in a graded manner after consultations with concerned State/ UT Governments and subject to adherence to the guidelines/ SOP for safety and health protocol prepared by UGC, duly incorporating the view/ comments of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare", UGC notice on reopening of Universities/ Colleges reads. It is also said that Universities may plan to reopen their campuses in a phased manner, ensuring safety, health and well-being of all students and staff. "They should be flexible in their plan and should be ready to handle any eventuality arising due to COVID-19", UGC says.
From 50 percent of physical attendance to the instructions to the students need to follow, a detailed plan has been rolled out by the Haryana state Government for the reopening of Colleges/ Universities with 50 per cent physical capacity. Meetings along with other activities that violate social-distancing, are also prohibited across the institutions.
Instructons cover safety guidelines inclusive of wearing face cover/ masks, bringing sanitizers, hand-wash to maintaining the social-distancing, are rolled-out for the campuses reopening from 16 November. 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:
i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.
ii. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
iii. 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.
iv. 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.
v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.
vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited. AND
vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised wherever feasible.
UGC Guidelines for Students: All students should wear face covers/ masks and take all preventive measures. Students may consider installing ‘Aarogya Setu App’ in the mobile. It is important for the students to be physically and mentally fit to handle any exigencies. By remaining fit, they can take care of others also. The students must inculcate activities that will increase immunity-boosting mechanism which may include exercise, yoga, eating fresh fruits and healthy food (avoid fast food), sleep timely. Discrimination of fellow students in respect of whom there is a history of COVID-19 disease in the family be avoided.
Students need to give support to your friends under stress due to COVID-19 pandemic. Students should follow the guidelines, advisories and instructions issued by the Government authorities as well as by the universities and colleges regarding health and safety measures in view of COVID-19 pandemic.
Note- 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.