Comprehensive SOP covers regular, online classes
With degree, engineering and diploma colleges in the state set to reopen from November 17, the Department of Higher Education has finally come out with the standard operating procedure (SOP) based on UGC guidelines.
Making the much-awaited announcement on Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, who is also Higher Education Minister, said all arrangements for restarting offline classes were in place.
The SOP has separate advisories for the students of the first, second and final year, Dr Narayan said.
The key points of the SOP are:
Option 1: Physical classes
• Students who wish to attend classes physically should bring a consent letter from their parents in the prescribed format.
• For physical classes, social distancing needs to be maintained by taking into account the total number of students and the total number of classrooms. Teaching, practicals and project classes should be conducted in shifts if necessary.
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Option 2: Online classes
• Online classes should be conducted for those who do not wish to attend physically. Contact classes should be conducted every day to clarify any doubts of students.
• The time table should be prepared at the college level itself with social distancing in mind, based on the total number of students and classrooms.
• The teaching faculty should prepare study materials for the duration of one month based on each period/session and compulsorily send them to students via Telegram/ WhatsApp/e-mail. These study materials should be in the form of video lectures, power point presentations, e-notes, e-books, audio books and practice questions. These should be uploaded on the college website.
• All students (except post-graduate and final year) who attend online/ contact classes can stay in hostels located on or off-campus.
Apart from these guidelines, the SOP also has guidelines on sanitizing buildings, furniture and teaching materials, and Covid-19 tests for teaching faculty, students and non-teaching staff.