COVID-19 Pandemic has affected several countries. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is highly infectious and is spread by aerosol transmission. Anyone coming into direct contact with an infected person through droplets (sneezing or coughing) or by touching one’s eyes, nostrils or mouth after laying hands on any infected surfaces such as door handles, switches etc. carries a high risk of getting infected by the virus. The infection may lead to severe respiratory problems and may become fatal in some cases. The WHO and the Government of India have prescribed several precautions to be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
CHRIST deems it its utmost duty to keep all its stakeholders well-informed of the laid down precautions to ensure their safety and health at all times, whether they remain within or outside the Campus. The University has therefore developed a Standard Operating Procedure in respect of its academic activities and facilities to be followed by all concerned during the COVID-19 pandemic, which may be further modified depending on the guidelines that may be directed by the Government from time to time.
This Standard Operating Procedure of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) for prevention of COVID 19 is approved by the Vice-Chancellor of the University and has been authorised for uploading in the website of the University including of its Off Campuses-Pune Lavasa and at Delhi NCR.
The General Protocol refers to guidelines as detailed hereunder that will be applicable towards monitoring the compliance of all the specified Protocols.
1) The University shall make a continuous digital display at various vantage points in different locations, of the Campus of various protocols to be followed.
2) There shall be a Protocol Monitoring Team (PMT) consisting of faculty members and senior students who shall be responsible to ensure compliance of the Protocols by all concerned. The PMT headed by a senior faculty shall report to the Campus Director/Director of Student Services.
3) Other than the PMT, the Security Personnel shall be authorized to intervene as and when they observe any violation of the Protocol norms, with due information to PMT.
4) The Housekeeping Staff, Canteen Staff including of Kitchen, Campus Store Attendants, Gym Attendants and the Laboratory Attendants shall carry out their respective job responsibilities in accordance with the requirements of the applicable Protocol and shall be under the direct administrative supervision of the PMT.
5) The Hostel Wardens concerned shall oversee the expected Protocol compliance in the Hostel/s under their charge and shall take corrective measures as and when required.
Protocol for General Cleaning, Maintenance and Hygiene
The University shall ensure that its entire Campus premises of academic, administrative and other buildings including pathways, washrooms, staircases, lifts etc. are well maintained with hygienic care by carrying out the following procedures.
Daily sweeping and wet mopping of all room floors with a disinfectant soap solution.
Daily cleaning of all Door and window handles/knobs, railings of the staircases, lift exteriors, washbasins, etc with a disinfectant soap solution.
Twice daily - sanitizing of all classrooms and lifts
Thrice daily - sanitizing of all washrooms including closet handles/knobs
Daily cleaning of all tables/chairs/desks/benches in all rooms including offices, canteens etc with disinfectant cleaning liquid.
Daily cleaning of Gym equipment/computers/copiers/water coolers etc with disinfectant cleaning liquid.
Daily cleaning of the transporting vehicles and spraying of its interior with disinfectants
Weekly spraying of approved disinfectants on all classrooms, faculty cabins, meeting rooms, offices, canteens, lift interiors, washrooms etc and all such areas where people move about.
Weekly cleaning of all Hostel Rooms and residences including spraying of approved disinfectants.
Fumigation of campus outdoors - twice daily
Monthly fumigation of the interior of all buildings of the University housed within its Campus and the interior of all its hostels and residences.
Protocol within the Classrooms/Library/Meeting Rooms
Until full normalisation of environmental safety, classes shall be held on-campus for certain semesters and programmes needing regular class conduct and those which involve laboratory work, while certain other years/programmes shall be held online through appropriate learning platforms.
In order to attend the on-campus course instruction, students are required to pre-register in the student account of Knowledge Pro (KP) ERP within the date specified and upload the ‘Letter of Consent and Undertaking’ given in Annexure A.
Students who are not local residents and are travelling from other places to attend on-campus instruction including laboratory, should reach their places of stay, including the University Student Halls (Hostels), at least seven days in advance and quarantine themselves, following the quarantine protocol.
The students should wear Identity Cards while entering and at all times on the campus. In the case of first year students whose identity cards are yet to be issued, they are required carry a printed copy of their virtual ID which they can provide at the entrance and when required on campus, until such time as their identity cards are issued.
While in the classroom or laboratory, whether during class or in between classes, the students shall be seated keeping safe distance and they shall be required to follow the prescribed protocol of personal hygiene and wearing of masks at all times and other safety protocols to the extent applicable.
Use of the Library shall be with staggered hours for students of different programmes to prevent overcrowding and entry shall be strictly in accordance with the schedule that may be prescribed. All students/faculty entering the Library shall be required to follow the prescribed Protocol for Personal Hygiene and Safety to the extent applicable.
Any meeting of non-teaching staff/faculty or of Regulatory Bodies shall be held only in pre-sanitised meeting rooms and everyone attending the meeting shall follow the prescribed Protocol for Personal Hygiene and Safety to the extent applicable.
Protocol During Sickness
If any student, faculty, non-teaching staff or any other member of the University community falls sick with symptoms such as cold, cough, fever, headache, breathing difficulty, vomiting sensation, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell, irrespective of their place of stay, shall immediately report to Protocol Monitoring Team (PMT) via email or telephone and get themselves tested at a COVID-19 designated Fever Clinic or at the outpatient centre of the recognised hospital clinic, the list of which may be found in the following website of Government of Karnataka: https://covid19.karnataka.gov.in/new-page/Fever%20Clinics/en
The PMT, depending on the recommended medical advice, shall take immediate steps either to isolate the patient in quarantine in one of the residences of the University or shall get the patient admitted to a recognised hospital and shall extend all necessary care and support.
All cases of isolation/quarantine of any of the students shall be immediately notified to their parents.
Any student /faculty/non-teaching staff suffering from any of the said symptoms and are only prescribed medicines and not advised isolation may attend classes /duties subject to maintaining social distancing and wearing the face masks at all times. However, all such persons shall undertake a weekly medical review.
Any student /faculty/non-teaching staff who is a primary or secondary contact of a COVID-19 case shall immediately disclose the fact to Protocol Monitoring Team (PMT) and shall self-quarantine as per the prescribed guidelines of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka
Protocol within the Student Residential Halls (Hostels)
All students who are staying in the University student halls should carry a Negative RT-PCR report obtained from an ICMR Approved Lab, not earlier than 72 hours before his/her reporting to the student halls.
The inmates must maintain absolute cleanliness within the hostel and shall follow the prescribed Protocol for Personal Hygiene and Safety to the extent applicable as per CHRIST Standard Operating Procedure–Prevention of COVID-19
Disposal of all waste must be done in the prescribed manner, ensuring that the House Keeping Staff regularly attend to the specified cleaning activities as per Hostel Regulation of the University.
Do not allow or entertain any outsider including relatives and friends (other than those who are authorized) to enter the Hostel Room for any purpose whatsoever. Avoid socializing and maintain physical distancing at all times.
As far as possible, the inmates should stay within their allocated rooms and usage of the common room must be for essential purposes by following the safe distance protocol.
Those who occupy hostels on sharing basis must stick to strict exclusive use of their personal belongings, particularly cosmetics like soap, comb, shaving kits and the like.
While going out to shop for groceries or other essentials including for food, wear the face mask and maintain safe distance requirements. Always do a proper hand wash with soap immediately on return.
If food is ordered for delivery through any of the catering service providers, make it pre-paid and transfer the food to your own crockery/vessel before consuming. As far as possible avoid the use of the containers in which the food is brought.
If feeling unwell while on stay in the Hostel, the inmates must strictly follow the Protocol during Sickness.
If the sick inmate fails to report sickness as per the specified Protocol for any reason whatsoever, it shall be the duty of co-inmates to bring the same to the notice of the Hostel Warden and the Protocol Monitoring Team.
Protocol at Bank ATM
While using the Bank ATM at the Campus or elsewhere the following procedure must be followed.
Do not enter the ATM Lobby if someone else is transacting.
Do not enter the ATM Lobby if having any symptom of cold, flu or fever.
Wear facemask while inside the ATM Lobby.
Sanitise your hands before and after transacting at the ATM/Cash Kiosk.
Minimise hand touch areas in the ATM Lobby.
Do not leave any used tissue or such material within the ATM Lobby.
Protocol within the Offices
The Office staff must be seated keeping safe distance and must be wearing a face mask at all times and shall follow the prescribed Protocol for Personal Hygiene and Safety to the extent applicable.
All transactions with the Offices as far as possible must be done online through the website of the University.
For any transaction with the Offices which cannot be done online, visit to the office must be only during specified time schedules and by following a queue system of safe distance. There shall be no physical contact whatsoever during the transaction. All outside visitors must necessarily be wearing the protective face mask.