Colleges to reopen – All you need to know!

The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and its affiliated colleges are making preparations to resume classes. The Pune varsity administration held a meeting with college principals, department heads and institute owners recently.

The main concern of the students is related to the way in which the exams will be taken. As the exams and the practical’s of all students are pending there are chances that they might be held offline. Students will have to go to the exam centers and give their exams.

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As UGC has granted permission to conduct Theory and Practical’s of even Semester as soon as the odd semester commences.

All agreed to strictly follow Covid protocols. The administration will seek the say of parents and students before taking a decision to reopen colleges.

SPPU vice-chancellor Prof Nitin Karmalkar said that classes may resume from January first week next year.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on November 5 issued guidelines regarding restarting of colleges under universities.

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SPPU organised a two-day interaction programme with principals of various affiliated colleges from Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar districts recently to chalk out future plans. SPPU vice-chancellor Prof Nitin Karmalkar attended the event.

“In the first session, principals of colleges running professional courses were called for interaction and those teaching non-professional courses were covered in the second session. We discussed many issues, including the dates to restart colleges, safety of students and how to take classroom lectures. All agreed to resume classes by following all necessary Covid safety precautions,” said Prof Karmalkar.

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“Universities and colleges may consider reducing the class size and break them in multiple sections to maintain physical distancing. Depending on the availability of space in class rooms or learning sites, up to 50 per cent students may be allowed on a rotation basis to attend the classes,” the commission said.

Students who stay in hostels

According to the guidelines,

  • The hostels must be only opened when necessary. Also, maintain strict safety and health preventive measures.
  • Symptomatic students must not be allowed to stay in the hostels.
  • Students may be quarantined after arrival at hostel.
  • Thermal Screening is must in every hostel on a daily basis.
  • Density of students in dining halls and playing rooms must be controlled.

“Final year students may also be allowed to join for academic and placement purposes, as per the decision of the head of the institution,” it added.

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The commission has said that the institutions should have a plan ready for such international students who could not join the programme due to international travel restrictions or visa-related issues.

“Hostels may be opened only in such cases where it is necessary while strictly observing the safety and health preventive measures.

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