The Ministry of Home Affairs released the guidelines of Unlock 4.0 on Saturday. As per the latest directives, all the educational institutions including schools, colleges, and others will remain shut up to 30th September 2020. The Ministry made this decision considering the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has given a facility to the students of classes 9 to 12 to visit schools voluntarily by taking written consent from their parents to get guidance from their teachers. This provision is only available to the students who reside outside containment zones. The new Unlock 4.0 guidelines will be implemented from 1st September 2020.
As per the Unlock 4.0 guidelines, ‘States and UTs may permit up to 50% of teaching and non- teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/tele-counselling related work in areas outside containment zones only with effect from 21st September 2020 for which SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.’ It also provided permission to open Higher Education Institutions for research scholars [Ph.D.] and PG students of various technical and professional courses who need experimental or laboratory works.
As part of the new guidelines, skill or entrepreneurship training will be allowed for the students in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes [ITI], and other short-term training centers applied with National Skill Development Corporation or other ministries of Government of India or state. From 21st September, the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development [NIESBUD], the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship [IIE], and their training providers will be allowed to carry out their activities. For this, the MoHFW will issue an SOP.
The aforesaid works will be permitted upon assessing the situation in different states and union territories. The Government said that the new guidelines will come into effect considering the feedback received from UTs and states, and extensive consultations conducted with concerned departments and central ministries. As all the educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain shut till 30th September 2020, the Government said that it will continue providing online education to the students. As per the guidelines, it will permit and encourage distance learning.
The guidelines also read, ‘States/ UTs may permit up to 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele- counselling and related work.’ MHA further said that the states cannot levy any local lockdown in the state, district, sub-division, city, or village level outside the containment zones sans consulting with the Central Government. Stay tuned with KVPY.ORG.IN to get the latest updates about the unlock 4.0 directives and other COVID-19 related news.