The Tamil Nadu state government launched new Standard Operating Procedures for universities, colleges and student residences the day after colleges in the state reopened. The new guidelines were published by the state government taking into account the current pandemic situation in the state.
Under the new guidelines, more than 50% of students must not be on campus at any time, and all students, teachers, and non-teaching staff must maintain social distancing.
Under the new policy, students and everyone on university premises must wear face masks at all times, while only 50 percent of students are allowed onto the university campus.
Students also have the option to study online for courses they have taken and extracurricular activities are avoided due to social distancing rules. Engineering schools must also maintain a physical distance if the campus allows it and if students two years and older can participate in repeated alternatives on a class day.
Class hours are also extended according to the requirements of the institution. It is also important to note that a six-day schedule is followed so that classes can be staggered and seating can be made in accordance with social distancing rules.
Class sizes in universities and colleges must also be reduced by several levels. And visitors are not allowed to enter the university or college campus.
The Tamil Nadu state government also reopened schools in the state as of Monday, February 8, 2021. The decision to reopen schools and universities was made after consulting health experts and conducting COVID tests.