Unlock 4 guidelines: The Home Ministry on Saturday issued guidelines for Unlock 4, which will come into effect from September 1 and remain in force till September 30. Under the Unlock 4 phase, schools, colleges, educational institutions will continue to remain shut for students and regular activity. Also Read - Panic in Ghaziabad After 'Dead Body' Found on Roadside, Turns Out to be Sleeping Man | Hilarious Video Goes Viral

Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged, the Centre said in its guidelines. Also Read - Unlock 4: Night Curfew in Punjab Only on Sundays Till Sept 30 | Check Latest Guidelines Here

Following will be permitted in areas outside the containment zones, with effect from September 21, for which SOP will also be issued by the Centre. Also Read - Unlock 4: Over 33000 Commuters Avail Services in Delhi Metro on Day 3 of Reopening, Says DMRC

1) States/UTs may permit 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/tele-counselling and related work.

2) The Centre said that “students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers”. However, this will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians.

3) Skill or entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes (ITIs), Short Term Training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions  or other Ministries of Government of India or state governments.

National Institute for Entrepreneurship and small Business Development, Indian Institute of  Entrepreneurship and their training providers will also be permitted,

4) Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (PH.D) and post-graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory/experimental works. These will be permitted by the department of Higher education in consultation with MHA, based on the assessment of the situation and keeping in view incidence of COVID-19 in the states and UTs.