Telangana Education: Guidelines for Re-Opening of Degree And Professional Colleges

Telangana Education: Guidelines for Re-Opening of Degree And Professional Colleges: As per Government of India guidelines, all Degree and Professional Colleges have remained physically closed for students and classes due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The Government of Telangana has taken several unprecedented measures for conducting online classes for students, as no physical classes could have been conducted.

Further, Government of Telangana has issued instructions, in the Memo No.3552 / S.E. Prog.II / 2020, dt: 11.09.2020, for continuation of online / distance learning and 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff have been permitted to be called to the Colleges at a time for online teaching/tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, w.e.f. 21-09-2020, as follows:-I.

Online / distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged II. A maximum of 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff are permitted to attend the Colleges at a time for Online Teaching and other related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only with effect from 21st September 2020.

Telangana Education: Guidelines for Re-Opening of Degree And Professional Colleges

Thus, for continuation of academic activity notwithstanding the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation, online classes have been conducted on various digital/TV/T-SAT platforms for all Degree, PG and Professional Colleges from 1st September, 2020, as part of e-learning and Distance Education.

The faculty of Government Polytechnics have been asked to conduct online lectures through the available open platforms like Zoom conferencing, Skype, Google class rooms, Microsoft meetings etc., using the links of relevant teaching learning resources available in various digital platforms such as SWAYAM online courses, MOOCS, T-SAT Nipuna etc. Further, Lecturers have also prepared e-content, lesson plans etc. 

The Government of India has issued orders, vide Lr.No.40-3/2020-DM-I(A), Ministry of Home Affairs, dated 30.09.2020, wherein the State/UT Government may take a decision in reopening of Educational Institutions after 15th October 2020 in a graded manner. 

Meanwhile, the Member Secretary, AICTE, New Delhi has communicated the Revised Academic Calendar for the A.Y.2020-21, mentioning that due to prolonged emergent conditions in the Country and requests from various State Governments and ongoing admission process of IIT’s and NIT’s, the Council has extended the last date of admission to first year Engineering courses (UG and Diploma lateral entry) to 31st December, 2020.

Further, University Grants Commission, New Delhi has also issued guidelines in November 2020 for re-opening the Universities and Colleges post lockdown due to Covid – 19 pandemic, indicating generic preventive measures / Covid – 19 appropriate behaviour to reduce the risk of Covid – 19 for faculty members, employees, students and visitors. 

In this connection, the Government has decided to start physical classes for all Degree, PG and Professional Colleges from 1st February, 2021, subject to the following conditions:-

(i)

As per Government of India – Standard Operating Procedure, the consent of parents / students will have to be obtained in writing with signatures by the Principals of the respective Degree and Professional Colleges for attending the physical classes, prior to opening as mandated.

(ii)

Minimum attendance will not be required for appearing in the examinations of the current semester of the Academic Year 2020-21. 

(iii)

A maximum of 50% classrooms capacity strength shall be permitted to attend physical classes on rotation basis.

(iv)

Principals of the respective Colleges shall prepare a customized plan for the conduct of physical classes in accordance with the guidelines now being issued herewith, duly keeping the premises of the Colleges clean and tidy by 18-01-2021. This will compulsorily include a status report of facilities available on the following:-a. Sanitation plan b. Medical plan c. Logistic Plan which will include seating / shift system arrangements etc., as per SOP etc. d. Academic Plan

(v)

The Commissioner of Collegiate & Technical Education shall issue a revised Academic Calendar for the Year 2020-21 in respect of Degree and Professional Colleges.

(vi)

Wearing of masks by all the students, staff, visitors etc., in College premises is mandatory. Only students, administrative staff and teachers will be allowed in the premises. No other gathering will be allowed.

(vii)

Maintaining physical distancing in classes, College premises, during lunch hours by all students, staff, visitors etc., is mandatory.

(viii)

Frequent sanitization of all classrooms, College premises, toilets, common areas etc. is mandatory.

(ix)

In case of Residential Colleges, special care at dining/dormitories/ washrooms in addition to the above measures. 

Every Principal shall submit a customized plan for their educational institution, indicating all the above. Colleges, which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the Standard Operating Procedure.

The Principals of Colleges shall be responsible for following the UGC SOPs and the guidelines given above. The above guidelines will apply to all Degree and Professional Colleges in the State.

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