Following the government’s announcement to close educational institutions, the Higher Education Commission on Thursday issued additional guidelines for complying with the closure.
The directives were issued after all educational institutions – universities, colleges, schools, tuition centers or similar institutions – were ordered to remain closed from November 26 to December 24.
The government stressed that educational institutions should continue teaching online.
The HEC added, “The inauguration of the educational institutions is scheduled for January 11, 2021. However, a review meeting will be held in the first week of January 2021 to review the situation and to inaugurate the educational institutions.” “
The HEC said the university’s vice-chancellors could allow the following students to come to campus.
– Low-income students who have communication problems
– PhD, M.Phil or final year students who need to use laboratories to complete their dissertation work
– Third-year or older medical students who need medical training
– Teachers can visit universities to record or deliver lectures
The HEC reminded, “The above leniency should be used with the utmost justice, and only if the presence of the said persons on campus is absolutely necessary.”
The HEC said that “in any case” the total number of students allowed to enter the campus should not exceed 30% of the total enrollment.
“Universities will clearly state their policy on which categories are allowed on campus and at what time and with what scrutiny mechanism or safety measures,” he said.
The statement said, “The HEC has released Rs 10 million each to public sector universities to help them make the necessary arrangements to improve the quality of the online education process. “
The HEC suggested that one option be to recruit senior, tech-savvy students to help faculty members with technology-related issues involved in online education.