Teachers and non teaching staff can WORK FROM HOME
As per a circular sent to the higher education regulators across the country by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), it is stated that all teachers, researchers and non-teaching staff should be permitted and advised to work from home till July 31.
Since the closure of educational institutes across the country has been further extended till July 31 due to the ongoing pandemic situation across the nation, the HRD Ministry has advised all teachers to work from home for their own safety and well-being.
The circular issued by the HRD Ministry regarding this subject also said that online courses and distance learning is the way to continue education and will be encouraged in this environment.
On June 30, the HRD Ministry had instructed UGC, NTA and AICTE along with all autonomous bodies of education in India to make sure that the colleges and educational institutes remain shut till July 31 to reduce the risk of infection among the staff and students.
Aarogya Setu app to be installed by staff, students
According to the circular issued by the HRD Ministry, the period till July 31 will be counted as on duty for all the staff members who are working from home and have valid contracts till July 31.
The circular has also suggested that all the students and faculty members download the Aarogya Setu app to be well informed and fight against the Covid-19 pandemic that is spread in our country.
The circular reads, “Aarogya Setu App enables easy identification of potential risk of infection and, therefore, it may be ensured that Aarogya Setup App is installed by the students, faculty and employees to fight against COVID-19.”
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UGC guidelines to be revised
The circular issued by the ministry also states that all staff members should utilize this time to brush up on their academic skills and learn new teaching techniques with the extra time in their hands.
The circular reads, “The Faculty members/ Teachers/ Researchers should utilize this period for various academic activities.”
Last week, the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to release a revised set of guidelines, focusing on the conduction of terminal semester examinations in universities and the academic calendar for the upcoming academic year.
UGC has not yet released a fresh set of guidelines but the new norms and expected by the commission soon.