Back To College: Universities Will Be Reopened From November 2; UGC Will Release Guidelines Soon

by Shatakshi Gupta

All educational institutions, including schools and colleges, remain closed for several months due to the spread of COVID-19. In such a situation, Universities across the country, which were closed amid the process of unlocking, will be reopened form 2nd  November. However, considering the threat of COVID-19, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has given institutions the option to teach online, offline or both ways, depending on the circumstances.  At the same time, universities have also started preparing for this after the direction of UGC.  If classes are held during this period, only half the students of the class capacity will be called.

UGC will release guidelines soon

The UGC has also started work on a new security guideline for the reopening of the college between this Pandemic. This new guideline can be released anytime before November 1. Under this, a team will be deployed to monitor the health of the students coming to the campus. During this time, a team of doctors and an ambulance will remain on campus, so that if any student faces a problem, he/she can be isolated immediately. Apart from this, an isolation room will also be made on the campus.  Every teacher, student and other employees coming to the university will be given entry only after thermal screening.

Classes will be online or offline        

 Earlier in the UGC Academic Calendar released in September, UG-PG First Year classes were proposed to start from November 1st . However, due to the circumstances and seeing the surge in cases, the UGC has now given the university the option to start teaching online if the institute is not in a position to open, but there will be no change in the academic calendar.  This means that the university will have to start the new semester from November 2nd.

Admissions to be completed by 31 October

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 In the released calendar, UGC also instructed all universities to finish the final year examinations and admission process by 31 October. Although, during this time states like West Bengal, Maharashtra and Punjab had also asked for additional time for the examination, for which the UGC had given permission. However, the UGC had asked everyone to finish all the examinations by November 15.  In such a situation, classes will start in these states after 15 November.