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Mumbai university SOPs for reopening of colleges: Mask must for all students and staff, timings to be staggered

The directive also asks colleges to stagger timings for entry and exit for different programs that are conducted in the college.

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From staggered timings for entry and exit of students to creating different batches for imparting lectures are some of the measures, which are part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on “Covid-appropriate behaviour”, issued by the Mumbai University for colleges reopening from October 20 for fully vaccinated students.

There are three SOPs issued by Mumbai University in the circular issued on Sunday. One SOP is for college authorities and students, the second for the staff of the colleges and the third for steps to be taken by college authorities on noticing Covid symptoms/positive cases. The college authorities have been asked to take every measure possible to ensure social distancing, wearing masks and maintaining hygiene among several other steps.

The order states that only those colleges/campuses/educational institutions are allowed to be opened, where the concerned local authorities have not imposed any containment restrictions. The directive also asks colleges to stagger timings for entry and exit for different programs that are conducted in the college.

It states that students/staff residing in containment zones, should not be allowed to attend the colleges and only asymptomatic staff, students, visitors shall be allowed entry. The order also entails that vaccination certificates of all the staff, faculty, students and other associated personnel should be submitted to the principal’s office for record-keeping.

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The institution has asked colleges to contact local municipalities or concerned authorities to conduct vaccination drives for those students, who are not fully vaccinated and allow them to continue with online lectures till they are fully vaccinated.

The SOP states that all shops, stalls, cafeteria/canteen etc., outside and within the campus premises shall remain closed.

A total of 837 colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are affiliated with Mumbai University.

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With the decline in the Covid cases in the state, the Maharashtra government last week had announced that colleges in the state will reopen from October 20. However, only fully vaccinated students are allowed to attend physical classes.

According to the SOP, all students and staff will have to wear a face mask at all times and also install the Arogya Setu app on their phones. It further states that drivers of visitors using chauffeur-driven vehicles would be required to sit in the vehicle at all times on the campus and should not be allowed to step out without valid reasons.

Students will be seated in classrooms while leaving alternate benches vacant and if needed, the college can create batches for imparting lectures/instructions. The SOP also states that the first bench in the classrooms to be moved back to ensure at least a 6-8 feet gap between the lecturer and the students seated in front. It also states that all research and post-graduate students in science and technology programs may join as they are usually lesser in numbers.

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The SOP also calls for a combined instructional module of both physical and online teaching for students attending classes physically and for students attending online classes.

Online study material with access to e-resources should be provided to students, who wish to opt for online study.

It states that official activities such as filling of admission forms, examination forms, fees payment, scholarship disbursals etc. must be enabled in an online format by the college administration.

It also states that extra-curricular activities such as sports may be allowed where physical distancing is feasible but contact sports should be avoided. The SOP also calls for the availability of a medical practitioner on campus during work hours.

First published on: 17-10-2021 at 05:51:06 pm
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