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Mumbai University enlists COVID-19 guidelines to prep colleges before resumption from February 15

With 50% attendance allowed in Mumbai colleges, MU directs to give preferance to PhD, research and final year students

The University of Mumbai has issued a list of COVID-19 precautionary guidelines as city colleges prepare to resume classes from February 15. All protocols have been issued in accordance with the state directives and the standard operating procedure (SOP) made public by the University Grants Commission in November 2020. The Mumbai University vided a circular on Friday, detailing guidelines for sanitation of colleges campuses, seating arrangement, specific measures to ensure student and staff safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual sessions to extend for international students in city colleges

As per the circular guidelines, Mumbai University has stated to give attendance preference to research, PhD and final year students in colleges, as per the state-directed 50% permit. However, all small groups of students will be allowed to visit their respective departments after seeking prior appointment for faculty consultations. For all other batches, online classes will be continued. Virtual sessions will also extend for international students in city colleges, who can't attend lectures due to visa and travel restrictions.

Besides, only colleges outside containment zones will be allowed to resume classes. Students and staff living in containment zones will further not be permitted to attend college, read the circular. Resident students in college hostels will be allowed to avail the facilities if necessary. All hostellers have to follow a 14-day mandatory quarantine and self evaluate their health before attending lectures and classes.

All attendees will be encouraged to download the Aarogya Setu app to ensure self-evaluation for the safety of self and community. No more than 50% of students will be allowed within college premises at one point in time.

Safety and sanitation procedures

The University of Mumbai has listed thorough guidelines to ensure the safety of students and staff attending colleges. As per the earlier SOP issued by University Grants Commission, MU has directed to sanitise the college campus, and places frequented by students through the day. Laboratories and classrooms need to be disinfected before and after class. Students will be required to be seated on alternate seats, keeping one seat vacant in between.

Students and staff should be screened at entry points, where the practice of wearing masks and sanitising hands should be re-inforced. Safe social distance needs to be maintained by staggering crowds and ensuring queue management at entry-exit points. For this, colleges have been directed to schedule classes on different time slots for limited students and draw floor markings, at least 6 feet apart.

Meanwhile, all cultural and group activities must be avoided, though sports and extra-curricular programmes will be allowed under the authority of social distancing. Additionally, colleges need to ensure safe collection and disposal of personal protective gear, including PPE, hand gloves and tissues, as per safety rules.

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Indore Smart City Development Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya, valid for 2 years

Aiming to support and nurture the startup ecosystem in the city, the Indore Smart City Seed Incubation Centre will now help the students of Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya (DAVV) turn their ideas into successful business projects.The Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DAVV for the same. Notably, ISCDL will provide handholding mentorship to the budding entrepreneurs of the university by helping them right from the primitive stage.

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Purvanchal Expressway to get world's largest painting on Dec 20 to mark Kakori Martyrs' Day

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In a bid to commemorate the occasion of Kakori Martyrs' Day, the administration of Lucknow is all set to make the largest painting in the world on the newly inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway on December 20. The state government will pay homage to the freedom fighters by painting the images of Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Roshan Singh on the expressway. Notably, the Kakori Martyrs' Day is celebrated every year on December 19 to mark the sacrifice of the rebels who fought to death in the quest for our independence.

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Commercial activities at Amber & Nahargarh Forst in Jaipur face a complete ban

The light & sound show held at the Kesar Kyari at Amber foothill has also been called off until further notice

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The NGT had previously declared all businesses in the Nahargarh Wildlife Sanctuary & Fort area as illegal, resulting in their pack-up effective from December 1, this year. Besides, the light and sound show held at the Kesar Kyari at Amber foothill have also been shut until further notice read reports.

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New 'ultra risk' travel category instated in Maharashtra as state revises airport norms

Fully vaccinated domestic travellers no longer need to produce a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival in Maharashtra

Amidst revision of state travel norms, the Maharashtra administration has instated a new 'ultra risk' category for flyers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Lesotho. Besides them, all international travellers of other passengers with a travel history in the last 15 days from Omicron infected 'high risk' countries will have to undergo mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine on arrival.

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Amplus Solar introduces the HomeScape range in Lucknow to power a lifestyle upgrade

Homescape by Amplus Solar blends fashion with feasibility to add value to your lifestyle and savings to your account!

Going big on power savings with Smart Solar at home is Lucknow's new standard of style! Homescape by Amplus Solar meets all these needs and how! It's an innovative solar pergola is designed to suit the aesthetics of your home perfectly. Be it an open backyard, garden, front porch, or terrace - this versatile premium range becomes a part of your home as you need it.

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'Kapda Bank' to be set up in Lucknow to help the poor stay warm this winter season!

Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to the underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office

District Administration along with the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has come up with a unique initiative to help keep the poor and destitute people warm this winter. As per the announcement by the District Magistrate of Lucknow, 8 zones in the city have been listed for setting up the 'Kapda Bank'. Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office.

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Omicron alert in Rajasthan as 4 travellers from South Africa test COVID positive

The patients are presently isolating in Jaipur

After the reports of 2 confirmed Omicron cases in Karanataka, health officials suspect a variant infiltration in Rajasthan too as a family of 4 South African travellers tested COVID positive here. As per reports, the samples of these patients have been forwarded for further tests to confirm if these are cases of mutation. In the interim, the family is isolated in Jaipur.

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