The colleges will make masks, sanitizers, and thermal checking at the entry gate to be mandatory for every student, still, the supervision over social distancing guidelines wouldn’t be an easy task for them. Hostels, mess area, canteen, and all other gathering places will prove a great challenge for the authorities for maintaining the norms.
A wide list of arrangements has been done by the institutions for the smooth reopening of respective campuses. They modified campuses to isolated centers, planning to offer special scholarships and new strategies are going to implement shortly.
As the colleges in the country are preparing to open the offline classes from August, it would be an extremely tough job for the college management teams to strictly adhere to social distancing norms, provided by UGC.
The educational institutions are formulating certain provisions for getting the campus life back to normal.
Meanwhile, the classes will be divided into smaller units, and the professors will need to have extra teaching hours. The online mode of classes will continue, in case students couldn’t reach the campuses immediately.
Keeping the above-stated challenges in mind, the Indian Institute of Technology along with all its branches has said not to conduct offline classes this entire year and open the college in January. However, the final decision would be taken by UGC.
Campus as an isolated unit
And those who are unlocking their doors are considering several new initiatives. The Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), for instance, is intending to open to full capacity by separating the entire campus in a huge bubble to keep pupils and teachers cautious. The ISH is intending to ask all students to dwell in hostels, including day-boarders and from hostel rooms to classrooms to the canteen, everything will be sanitized on a regular basis.
In case a student has to travel, they will be made to do so in the conveyance offered by the college. Through this, they aim to ensure the entire campus and students function as one unit and minimize contacts from anyone outside.
COVID special scholarships
Several institutes have also given late fee payments’ option, zero-interest loans, and fee cuts for those fighting the pandemic at the forefront or involved by it.
Chandigarh University is going a step ahead and is giving a 10 percent quota or reservation especially for the children of those fighting at the forefront comprising children of doctors, paramedical staff, policemen, garbage collectors, etc. An extra fee rebate of 10 percent for their entire course period at the university from a bank of Rs 5 crore has also been announced for the coming admission cycle by the varsity.
LPU has also curtailed the minimum eligibility to avail the accessible merit-based scholarships to as low as 70 percent marks. Further, since beginners do not have results of class 12 boards or final-year UG results, the college has decided to avail the scholarships on the marks obtained in class 12 for PG scholarships and class 10 for the UG program.
Several other colleges believe that people have been indirectly affected because of the pandemic and hence are offering alternatives to ‘pay-later’. ISH is enabling students to take up zero-interest loans to students on their college fees. This implies a student can study without making any payment, but also have the alternative to pay their fee in due installments. These installments will be determined based on the package pupils get. They will be allowed a time of four years for this, Dilip Puri, founder, and CEO of the institute informed.
College to run on a double shift basis
Several colleges are also running in double shifts, where some students will be made to come in the first half and others in the second one. JK Lakshmipat University, for instance, will run from 9 am to 6 pm. During this phase, students and teachers will be given a staggered plan to visit the campus followed by timely sanitization. The JKLU pro-vice-chancellor told that the institute has a 12:1 student-faculty ratio which will ensure that every class has a proper percentage of teachers without making them work double shifts.
For the ITM Institute of Health Sciences, Maharashtra has devised an alternate day scheme of batches to ensure the student-teacher distribution. Each class will be halved into two and one-half of students will be called on day 1 and the other half on other days. To ensure this does not mean only alternative days of study, the college will also hold online classes. The lectures will be done on alternative mode. Among those who attend college, masks, sanitizers, and the AarogyaSetu app is a must for everyone.
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