'Work from home' mandated for public & private offices in Lucknow & Kanpur amid 2nd COVID wave

Only 50% of the total employee count shall be called to office every day while the others shall work form home.

Given the unprecedented spike in COVID cases witnessed in the past two weeks, all public and private offices in Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Prayagraj have been asked to follow 'work from home' guidelines. In accordance with the government orders, all offices shall function with the physical presence of only 50% of the employee base. Following the roster format, other 50% of the staff will work from home each day, informed the Additional Chief Secretary, Amit Mohan Prasad.

Restricting physical attendance of employees, the need of the hour!


It was around this time of the year in 2020 that our lives came to a halt. Enveloped amid uncertainty, the accelerated spread of the virus has made its way to different parts of the country again and the state capital, Lucknow is one of the most affected regions this time. Keeping this in view, the 'work from home' directive issued by the government attempts to make sure an uncontrolled spread of the virus stands prevented.

A mathematical study by scientists of IIT Kanpur considered the opening of employment spaces in full capacity, as one of the many reasons for accentuated virus spread. Thereby, restricting employees' physical attendance and making provisions for 'work from home' becomes the need of the hour. Under this, all workspaces shall follow a rotational system, welcoming only 50% of the total employee count every day till the situation is brought under control.

Amplifying COVID infection rates in Lucknow and Kanpur!


With 2,369 new infections on Thursday, Lucknow recorded an all-time high count of COVID cases, pushing the tally of active cases to 10,749. Similarly, Kanpur registered the highest infection count for 2021, standing at 368 on Thursday while the active cases ticked up to 1,975. Given the revived COVID scare, citizens need to be double sure of all their activities besides assuring strict compliance to all guidelines and protocols laid by the government.

Holistic education takes a leap in Lucknow with booming opportunities for young kids!

It is crucial to address the need for a wholesome pedagogy for young learners of the 21st century.

Technological innovations and inventive thinking together constitute the insignia of a fertile present and a progressive future. While the evolving nature of technology has made it a mandatory skill for younger learners, it is essential to couple it with a financial aptitude and business-driven attitude for assuring sustained growths, today. One must address the need for a wholesome pedagogy for kids of the 21st century, that can provide them with a life crafted as per their innate interests and ambitions!

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Universities in UP directed to send degrees to students by post

The decision ensures that students receive their degrees on time.

The pandemic has affected the education system in a huge way. Even though online classes have replaced physical classes, staying at home for such a long duration has taken away a lot of opportunities from students of schools and colleges alike. In such times, the authorities are trying their best to provide assistance and tackle all the hurdles. And now, in an attempt to timely award degrees to college students, new instructions have been given to universities across UP.

Chancellor of state universities & UP Governor, Andiben Patel has directed Vice-Chancellors of Universities across the state to send college degrees to students by post. The decision was formalised in an online review meeting of two state institutes, Lucknow University and Bathkhande Music Institute Deemed University and ensures that students do not have to run for their degrees.

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All engineering & polytechnic students in UP to take online exams in July!

Virtual assessments for first, second and third-year students shall be conducted in the last week of July.

In view of the easing pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh, the state technical education department has announced schedules for the students of all years enrolled under it. Reportedly, the authority has stated that the final year students of technical universities and polytechnic institutes would sit for online tests in the third week of July. Besides, the virtual assessments for first, second and third-year students shall be conducted in the last week of July.

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A 14-member committee set up in Lucknow University to take the decision regarding exams 2021

Special Committee of the LU will take the final call, in line with the government orders.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Lucknow University, Dr Alok Kumar Rai has set up a special 14 member committee to take the final decision regarding the examinations and promotion of the students. The committee will check the feasibility of conducting exams for third-year students and evaluate the promotion criteria for other batches, across all programmes.

This special body includes the Controller of Examinations, HODs of all departments along with the Principals of Mahila Vidhyalaya Degree college and Shia College and Superintendent of Examination, who are tasked to take the final call, in line with the government's orders.

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Lucknow University staff to bear the educational expenses of pandemic-orphaned pupils!

The Vice Chancellor took the responsibility of one such student on Friday and appealed to other professors to take similar steps.

Initiating a new welfare program, it has been said that the Vice-Chancellor and other professors at Lucknow University will bear the educational expenses of students who have lost one or both parents to the pandemic. Under this scheme, the VC took the responsibility of one such student on Friday and requested other professors to take similar steps. As per reports, the Registrar, Chief Proctor and the Dean of the Students' Welfare Department will now bear expenses of one child each.

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Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences to come up at Lucknow University's Jankipuram campus

LU to launch a dedicated government institute for students aiming to build careers in pharmacy.

Lucknow University has decided to launch a dedicated institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in a bid to widen the bandwidth of educational provisions for pharmacy aspirants. The varsity is set to open this institute over 8,170 square meters of its second campus in Jankipuram. Reportedly, the finance committee has given the penultimate approval to start the institute as a sub-set of the engineering faculty. The proposal will now be tabled before the Executive Committee on June 11, for final approval.

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Lucknow's Aaghaz Foundation is heralding an age of educational equity through its 16 scholarships

Presently, applications for three out of their sixteen scholarships are open.

With the aim of ensuring that the children from underprivileged backgrounds are empowered through education, Aaghaz Foundation was established in 2004. Empowering girls and boys with their best capabilities through scholarships and other educational initiatives, this Lucknow-based non-profit organisation has helped over 16,000 needy children. Currently, applications for their Aisha Begum Memorial Scholarship and other endowments are open.

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