UGC writes to institutes for Covid-19 protocols
BHOPAL [Maha Media]: University Grants Commission (UGC), on Monday, wrote higher educational institutes a letter regarding standing united in our fight against Covid-19 pandemic. The commission said that pandemic spread is happening in waves and is affecting the life and works if individuals and institutions.
To overcome this crisis, all the stakeholders of higher educational institutes such as students, teachers, staff, officers and others including family members need to work collectively by addressing the numerous challenges in terms of physical and mental health, safety and overall well being. UGC said that these challenging times demand that we remain sensitive to the problems and needs of our stakeholders and extend our best support and help to overcome such unprecedented situation.
As heads of the institutions all of you have even greater responsibility to work collectively in the larger interest of all concerned for their health and safety and keeping the campus safe. UGC has been issuing advisories and guideline for Covid appropriate behaviour and management of institutional activities by SOPs prescribed by Government from time to time.
UGC urged Vice Chancellors of all universities and principals of colleges to continue their concerted efforts and reinforce their support to students, teachers, staff, officers and other stakeholders to keep the people in good health, safe and informed during these difficult times.
The commission suggested for constituting COVID task force and help lines, promoting COVID appropriate behaviour including sanitisation, wearing mask, washing hands with soap repeatedly, maintaining social distancing, testing, tracing of suspected cases and appropriate treatment.
UGC also suggested of arranging for counsellors and mentors for mental health, psychosocial support and well being of all stakeholders, motivating everyone to engage in activities for physical and mental fitness while staying at home, encouraging stakeholders to participate in vaccination drives to protect themselves their friends and family, creating a team of well informed trained volunteers in life skills including NCC and NSS for extending help and support, taking suitable welfare measures for students, teachers, staff, officers and other stakeholders, ensuring that the initiatives must seek to reach those at greatest risk of being left behind people in emergencies and crises and those who are differently abled.