The Vice-Chancellors and heads of central and centrally funded institutions will have to decide if they want to reopen campuses or not.
For other colleges and universities including private and state universities, the decision has to be taken by the state government.
UGC has directed all the institutions to reopen institutions in a phased manner and follow all the norms like the use of face masks, social distancing and other measures.
Universities and colleges located outside of containment are the only ones allowed to open. The UGC has also clarified students and staff who are living in containment will not be allowed to attend the colleges.
UGC Issues Guidelines for Reopening of colleges and Universities
Head of universities and colleges should encourage the use of Aarogya Setu app, and they also advise staff and students not to visit containment zones.
The guidelines also state that students in all research programmes and postgraduate students in Science and technology may be allowed to join as their numbers are comparatively less so preventive measures and social distancing norms can be easily enforced.
Head of the institution should also consider allowing final year students to join college due to placement and academic purposes.
The colleges were directed to have a plan ready for international students who will not be able to join their courses due to visa-related issues or travel restrictions.
Hostels should only be opened if it’s indispensable while strictly observing preventive and safety measures. Still, if rooms are shared between students, then it might not be feasible to reopen the hostels.
Symptomatic students are strictly forbidden from staying in the hostels.