Assam Education Minister Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma in a press conference at Janata Bhawan today announced that the undergraduate colleges, government engineering, and polytechnic colleges in the state will resume from the 2nd of November amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are the full guidelines issued by the state government:
- A staggered timetable will be followed regarding which final decision will be taken by the college authority.
- Students of UG’s first semester will have their classes on Monday and Thursday.
- Students of UG third semester will have classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Students of the UG fifth semester will have classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
- On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday the college shall arrange for the classes in such a way (such as two shifts for different semesters) so as to avoid too much crowding of the college campus.
- Students unable to attend classes in their respective colleges due to extreme circumstances can opt to attend classes in a college of their locality as a temporary measure with prior permission from concerned authorities of both the colleges.
- Colleges can continue with online classes.
- For postgraduate (PG) classes the college will follow the guidelines of the Parent University/ UGC.
- All teaching and non-teaching staff are to attend to their duties regularly.
- The decision regarding the reopening of hostels will be intimated in due times.
- The attendance of students must not be enforced and purely based on parental consent.
- The university situated within the state of Assam will prepare their individual SOP for attending classes in the university campus.
- Every college authority should coordinate with the nearest Health Centre/ Joint Director of Health service, in case of emergency and related health checkup.
- The use of face cover/masks by students, teachers, staff, and all stakeholders is mandatory and there should be thorough sanitization and cleaning of all areas inside the school premises. Working hand washing facilities should be available in the school.
- Institutes will make a plan for the opening hostels in due course with the formation of a multi-stakeholder committee with members of parents/boarders/faculties/staff/district authority for the functioning of the hostels.
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