All the educational institutes across the nation are shut down from 22 March 2020. As a result, schools, colleges, and other national universities have to shift the mode of learning from offline to online. Some of the universities were not equipped with the digital infrastructure. For the same, the University Grants Commission, UGC released some guidelines to fight against COVID-19 for the educational institutions.
The Vice-Chancellor of a university said that students and faculty members have an appropriate digital infrastructure to send and receive lectures. Many teachers face connectivity issues and some don’t even have a dedicated laptop. Educational institutions have not received funds for a year.
COVID-19 MANAGEMENT OF UGC
The Secretary of the UGC said that they haven’t released any funds for COVID-19 management or online learning. They receive funds from the education ministry directly and did not allocate any additional fund during the pandemic. When they would release funds, they would redirect it to the universities by themselves as soon as possible.
UGC HELP TO STUDENTS WITH DECEASED PARENTS
Moreover, the UGC said that professors have even lost their lives because of COVID-19. Many central universities have not received any death gratuity. The varsities would provide 5 Lac compensation to the teacher’s family who lost their lives. Teachers need to have better laptops to hold online classes and they must buy a separate laptop for their children’s online classes. Many private universities are not depending upon the University Grants Commission for funds. They have much corporate funding but are still struggling with the increased expenses during the pandemic.
FINANCIAL HELP FROM STATE GOVERNMENT
Many state governments have released special schemes to fund the schools. Educational institutions are also setting up COVID relief funds for the students who need financial support. The chancellor of Amity University said that they would have faced many tragic instances where students have lost either one of their family members or both of them.
FINANCIAL HELP FROM AMITY UNIVERSITY
To help them pay for their education, the institution has set up a Relief Fund which sponsors the entire academic fees of that student. He further said that the university received more than 250 applications from the students who need this financial help. So, Amity University is trying its best to help students study without any interruptions. They have provided special schemes for the students and are sponsoring the entire fees of their academic sessions.