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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