Following the issuance of new guidelines by the UGC on the reopening of educational institutions throughout the country, Chief Education Secretary Chitra Ramachandran decided on 9 November to hold a meeting to discuss the reopening of state colleges and universities. On Thursday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued certain guidelines for the reopening of universities and colleges which, in view of the pandemic, have remained closed since March. However, the UGC left the decision to reopen the colleges and state universities, based on the situation, to the state government. With regard to central universities, the decision to reopen the campuses was left to the vice-chancellors. The guidelines stated that isolation facilities for symptomatic persons and quarantine facilities should be established on campus for those who have come into contact with COVID infected persons, or that links with some government hospitals may be established. Under the guidelines, campus hostels will remain closed.
UGC stated that the teaching hours per day may be extended according to the requirements of the institution. "The seating arrangement should be made ensuring physical distancing and a six-day schedule may be followed so that classes could be conducted in phase manner," the guidelines said.