Govt to launch special drive for students’ vaccination

All is well on security front: Sinha
Govt to launch special drive for students’ vaccination
A health worker administers COVID-19 jab to a student at Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar ahead of reopening of degree colleges in J&K, on Wednesday September 8, 2021.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Stating that “all is well on security front”, Lieutenant Governor J&K, Manoj Sinha on Saturday said that a special drive will be launched to vaccinate students aged above 18 years even as most of teaching staff has already been vaccinated.

“We are trying to vaccinate students aged above 18 years on priority, as also the professors and teachers in the academic institutions as well,” Sinha said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of an even held to release "Analysis of Accreditation Reports of Union Territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh" at SKICC, here. “Our aim is to reopen the (educational) institutions,” he said.

On the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, the LG said: “All is well”.

His remarks came a day after Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, chaired a high level security meeting in New Delhi where the LG was also present.

Earlier in the first week of September, Sinha had said that the schools in Jammu and Kashmir will be reopened after achieving 100 percent vaccination of the students above 18 years of age.

Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to reopen government degree colleges with permission of the concerned Deputy Commissioners. However, the institutions must adhere to the Covid-related guidelines.

A government notification on Friday said that higher education institutes have been permitted to commence with limited in-person teaching subject to 100% vaccination of staff and students. “Accordingly it is hereby ordered that the Government Degree Colleges of UT of J&K shall reopen for in-person teaching subject to specific permission of the concerned Deputy Commissioner,” it said.

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