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After gap of nearly eight months, colleges and universities reopen in Punjab – education

Colleges and universities in Punjab reopened on Monday after being closed for nearly eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities said.

The decision to open these educational institutions in areas outside of the COVID-19 containment zones was made by the state government earlier this month.

Institutions have been directed to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) outlined by their respective administrative departments in consultation with the state health department and the Union health ministry.

Earlier, an official spokesperson had said that “all institutions of higher education, medical education and research and technical education, including all universities and colleges in areas outside of the containment zones in the state, could reopen as of November 16. “.

Educational institutions in the state have been closed since March 24 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In the first reopening phase, only final year students from departments such as science, medicine, engineering and technology where practical training is an essential part of the curriculum will be called upon to attend classes, followed by students from other courses, according to the POE.

In the shelters, to begin with, no more than one student will be accommodated per room and the educational institutes have maintained separate doors for the entry and exit of students and staff. Thermal testing, hand disinfection, mask use, social distancing in classrooms, with no more than 50 percent of the total force of students called to attend classes, are all part of the SOPs.

Although attendance was low on the first day, most students across the state said they were happy to attend regular classes.

“Online classes have helped us during these months, but they cannot coincide with the regular classes where we meet with our teachers face-to-face in a campus setting. There are distractions and limitations when studying at home, ”said a student outside a public university in Bathinda.

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