Colleges permitted to open for vaccinated students

Colleges permitted to open for vaccinated students
FIle Photo: Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Sept 10: After a gap of five months, the colleges and other higher education institutes in J&K were today permitted to resume on-campus teaching with certain preconditions. The order comes days after J&K Government allowed in-person attendance for Class 10 and 12 students.

A day after J&K’s latest sero-prevalence study results were released, the UT Government allowed Government Degree Colleges to reopen for in-person teaching. The sero-study showed nearly 85 percent of people in Kashmir had COVID19 antibodies. However, the Government has made it mandatory that the students and staff attending the college are fully vaccinated.

The heads of the colleges have been directed to seek permission from respective Deputy Commissioners. The order follows the COVID19 Guidelines issued by the Government on 5 September wherein higher educational institutes were allowed to resume class work and other academic activities.

Earlier in the week, J&K Government allowed in-person teaching in Higher Secondary Schools for 50 percent student strength on a given day, provided that the students are subjected to RAT or RT PCR test prior to entering.

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