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UGC issues guidelines for the safe reopening of educational institutions

UGC has issued guidelines for the reopening of schools, colleges and universities in the country which remain closed since the lockdown in March. The UGC recommends conducting classes in modules six days a week.

Seating arrangement and number of students should be adjusted ensuring social distancing. Science and Technology, PG and Research students are allowed on campuses. Final year students can reach for academic and placement needs. Before opening, either the Centre or the State must declare the area as safe. Only establishments outside containment zones are allowed to open.

Students and teachers from containment zones are not allowed. Also, neither students nor teachers are permitted to visit containment zones. A minimum physical distance of 6 feet should be maintained on campuses and masks should be made mandatory. Wash hands regularly with soap and water at least 40-60 seconds even though hands are not dirty. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers at least 20 seconds. While coughing/sneezing, cover the nose and mouth with a tissue / handkerchief. Monitor health by oneself and report immediately in case of diseases. On campuses, spitting in public is strictly prohibited. If required, install and use the Arogyasethu app.

Students and staff are responsible for ensuring their personal safety. Hostels can only be opened if students are required to stay on campus. However, room sharing or accommodating the sick are not allowed. Educational institutions must strictly enforce the guidelines. State Governments can make further recommendations if needed.

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