The colleges within the nation are all set to start out a phase-wise reopening process, resuming their operations as per the federal government’s directions on September 15 (tomorrow), conditional to upholding the Normal Working Procedures (SOPs) and pointers shared by the Increased Training Fee (HEC).
HEC Chairman Tariq Banuri introduced this whereas addressing the thirty second Vice-Chancellors’ (VCs) Committee assembly, that was attended by greater than 150 VCs, Rectors, and Presidents of universities to debate the reopening plans and procedures.
He mentioned the HEC and the federal government have full confidence within the college heads that they are going to have the ability to undertake all measures wanted for the safety of the campus group, with out compromising the standard and supply of training.
He mentioned that COVID-19 has made virtually all tutorial operations tougher, and devoted private management of the Vice-Chancellors is required to encourage each the college and the scholars, and in addition to make sure that academic requirements are maintained and anti-COVID SOPs are strictly enforced. “I name upon all of you to withstand any makes an attempt to decrease the standard of training,” he emphasised.
HEC chairman affirmed that the schools will comply with the HEC’s pointers to include the unfold of COVID-19 and can firmly implement their respective reopening insurance policies.
These pointers can be found on the HEC web site and embody the permission to open universities on 15 September, measures to display screen out doubtlessly contaminated people, and the minimal SOPs to be adopted on campus.
The measures prescribed within the pointers embody carrying face masks in public locations, sustaining social distance, and endeavor strict monitoring to determine and isolate any incidence of the illness.
Inside these pointers, universities must undertake appropriate insurance policies concerning rotation of programs or different related measures to make sure correct social distancing and handle inhabitants density.
Banuri strongly rebutted the information circulating in a piece of press that HEC had directed all universities to undertake a uniform coverage for rotation of programs or managing social density.
He mentioned the schools ought to undertake the insurance policies and measures that go well with their respective circumstances, and according to their native wants.
Crucial duty of the Vice-Chancellors is to announce clear and unambiguous insurance policies, assign obligations to varied key personnel (each college and workers members), set up correct traces of communication, chorus from arbitrary or advert hoc coverage modifications, and stay in personnel command of the evolving state of affairs.
He mentioned that they need to keep vigilance to forestall and management any incidents of virus recurrence, together with thorough energetic surveillance of well being situations, earmarking isolation amenities, and facilitating entry to medical and isolation amenities.