According to the reopening guidelines shared by the University of Mumbai (MU) on February 5, colleges should get permission from the local collectors office and so far , no such intimation has been received by any college.
Despite the government announcing that faculties can reopen starting February 15, colleges are still expecting permission from local civic authorities. consistent with the reopening guidelines shared by the University of Mumbai (MU) on February 5, colleges should get permission from the local collectors office and so far , no such intimation has been received by any college.
“All department heads at our college got together recently and that we have chalked out an idea to make sure bringing back staff and students during a phased manner. A letter to the present effect has been sent to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also because the local collector’s office, and that we are waiting to listen to from them before announcing re-opening of the institute,” said Neha Jagtani, principal in-charge, RD National College, Bandra. She added that the institute has decided to first start calling back final-year students who need practical classes, then slowly advance to first and second-year students.
Last week, state minister for higher and technical education Uday Samant announced that faculties can reopen starting February 15 with less than 50% people on campus at any given time. On February 5, MU released a circular stating guidelines as prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on phased reopening of schools .
For starters, colleges are asked to offer first preference to PhD and research candidates and final-year students to attend physical lectures, while continuing online lectures for the remainder of the batches. aside from these batches, online classes will need to remain functional for the opposite batches, states the circular.
The MU circular also clearly states that faculties within the containment zones shouldn’t be allowed to start out at the present , and thus , the university has asked for colleges to hunt permission from the collector’s office before bringing students back on campus.
“Ever since the government and therefore the university declared about reopening of schools , we’ve been receiving calls from several students and fogeys for updates. Many are still unsure if they ought to be sending their children to school . and that we are currently helpless because we cannot start the school until the local authorities notify us,” said the principal of a south Mumbai college on condition of anonymity.
While permission to reopen college is one worry, a couple of schools with hostel facilities are still waiting to listen to from the govt on when their hostel premises are going to be surrendered by BMC. “Our hostel was used as a quarantine centre by the civic body. While the hostel is vacant at the present , we’d like a transparent signal from the local collector before we will sanitise the premises and only then can we call our students back,” said Dr RK Srivastava, professor and head of department, Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE).
At present, the government is additionally yet to clarify whether teachers and students are going to be allowed to pass by train during peak hours (7am to 12 noon and 4pm to 9pm). Colleges said they’re going to officially announce reopening just one occasion these ambiguities are cleared by the respective authorities.
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