#COVID || After schools, colleges set to reopen in Phase 1

Harry Walia. Updated: 9/11/2021 10:42:39 AM Front Page

Jammu: With overall improvement in COVID19 situation in recent months, and 100% vaccination of staff and student almost achieved, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to resume classes in colleges across the union territory, after almost five months.
Subsequent to Government Order Number 66-JK (DMRR) of 2021 Dated 05-09-2021, which allowed for reopening of Higher Educational Institutions with limited in-person teaching, subject to 100% vaccination of staff and students and specific permission of concerned Deputy Commissioners, Sushma Chauhan IAS, Secretary to the Government, Higher Education Department, has today ordered that Government Degree Colleges of UT of J&K shall reopen for in-person teaching.
“Government Degree Colleges of UT of J&K shall reopen for in-person teaching, subject to specific permission of the concerned Deputy Commissioner. Head of concerned Institution must ensure that the guidelines related to social distancing and COVID19 Protocol are adhered to in letter and spirit,” reads Government Order Number 280-JK (HE) of 2021 Dated 10-09-2021.
The decision to re-open colleges comes days after the announcement of resumption of classes for students of 12th and 10th Standard, with in-person attendance not exceeding 50 per cent of capacity on a given day.
It may be mentioned here that the Jammu and Kashmir government, had on 18th April, ordered the closure of all educational institutions, including universities and colleges, in a series of measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID19.
The News Now had on 24th July reported that with a significant number of teachers having been vaccinated against COVID19 with double doses, Jammu and Kashmir administration has pulled up its socks to reopen educational institutions across the Union Territory.

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