The Central Government on Wednesday released the guidelines for unlocking 5.0. Under this, the Center has left the decision over the states to open schools, coaching institutes. The state will be able to decide on its own whether to open schools and coaching institutes after October 15. However, this would require the approval of the parents of the children.
The State / UT Governments have been allowed to take decisions to open schools, colleges, educational institutions, and coaching institutes in a phased manner and decide to reopen them after 15 October 2020, depending on the conditions. However, for this, the state governments will consult with the schools/institute management and follow the given conditions.
The attendance of students in schools will be applicable only with the written consent of the parents. For these, the State / UTs will formulate their respective SOPs keeping in mind the local requirements based on the SOP to be issued by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
On the other hand, the Department of Higher Education and the Ministry of Education can take the decision to open a college / higher education institution in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Online classes and distance learning will also be continued here and encouraged.
Permission will also be given from 15 October 2020 to start labs and start practical classes for Ph.D. students of higher education institutes and post-graduate students with science-technology. To reopen all these institutions, the decisions of the concerned State / Union Territory Government will have to be compulsory.