UGC (university grants commission) rolled out the latest circular dated 10 May 2021. About the COVID-19 pandemic. UGC mentioned standing United in this fight against COVID-19.
To address the numerous challenges in terms of physical and mental health, safety, and overall well-being, UGC urged all the stakeholders of higher education institutions (HEI’s) such as students, teachers, staff officers, and others, including their family members to work collectively.
As we all are aware, the Covid-19 pandemic is returning in waves and it is also affecting the life and works of individuals and institutions, we need to work collectively.
UGC mentioned the need to remain sensitive to problems and others’ needs. It also mentioned further that we need to extend our support and help to overcome this unprecedented situation.
For Heads of institutions, UGC mentioned the even greater responsibility to work for the larger interest of stakeholders. Keeping the campus safe and prioritizing health and safety should be the greater concern.
UGC has been issuing the advisories and guidelines for COVID appropriate behavior and management of institutional activities of following standard operating procedures (SOPs) /protocols/Guidelines prescribed by the Government from time to time.
Re-iterating some of the measures to be undertaken by all the HEIs, the UGC circular emphasized the following:
Constituting COVID task force and helplines.
Promoting COVID appropriate behavior including sanitization, wearing the mask, washing hands, testing, maintaining social distancing, tracing of suspected cases, and appropriate treatment.
Arranging for counselors and mentors for mental health, Psychological support, and well-being of stakeholders.
Encouraging stakeholders to participate in vaccination drives to protect themselves, their friends, and family
Creating a team of well-informed trained volunteers in life-skills including NCC and NSS, for extending help and support.
Taking Suitable welfare measures for students, teachers, staff, Officers, and Other stakeholders.
Ensuring that the initiatives must seek to reach those at the greatest risk of being left behind- people in emergencies and crises, and those who are differently abled.
UGC Chairman further went on to urge the Vice-chancellors and principals of the colleges to continue their concerted efforts and reinforce their support to students, teachers, staff, officers, and other stakeholders to keep the people in good health, safe, and informed during these difficult times.
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