Punjab orders full reopening of colleges, universities from Jan 21

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The Punjab authorities Monday ordered full reopening of all authorities, aided and non-aided faculties and all authorities and personal universities from January 21. All the upper academic institutes must comply with the rules issued by the Punjab authorities relating to Covid-19 from time to time.

The Higher Education Department, Punjab, issued an in depth letter to all of the universities and faculties on this regard.

The official spokesperson stated that as per the rules issued by the federal government, within the curiosity of the scholars, the academic establishments ought to conduct courses by means of each offline and on-line medium and conduct the semester / annual examinations by means of offline medium solely. At the identical time, college students can be allowed to take courses as per their selection and no institute ought to compel college students to attend the courses bodily.

The spokesperson stated that hostels needs to be opened within the universities and faculties following the directions of Covid-19. Hostel rooms needs to be allotted per pupil or based on the scale of the room retaining in view the required distance / security of the scholars and precedence needs to be given to remaining yr college students on the time of allotment. (*21*) stated that the mess / canteens within the academic establishments needs to be opened as per the directions of the well being division taking all vital security measures.

The spokesperson stated that it’s necessary for all of the universities and faculties to make sure compliance with all the rules/directions issued by the Punjab authorities, Centre and the Higher Education Department relating to Covid-19 from time to time in view of the security of the scholars.

Earlier, the federal government had allowed phased reopening of universities and faculties from November 16. In the primary part, solely departments with hands-on coaching equivalent to sciences and medicines had been allowed to open and solely remaining yr college students had been known as for bodily courses with 50% attendance.

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