New Delhi (NVI): All universities and colleges across Punjab reopened from today, after over 10 months of closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The government decided to reopen all the government, aided and non-aided colleges including all the government and private universities in the state.
All the higher educational institutes that are being opened today have to follow the guidelines issued by the state government regarding COVID-19.
In this regard, the Higher Education Department has also issued a detailed guideline to all the universities and colleges. “In the interest of students, educational institutions should conduct classes both offline and online and conduct the semester/annual examinations through offline medium only,” the guidelines said.
Under the guidelines, students would be allowed to take classes as per their choice and no institute should compel the students to be physically present at the institution. Also, hostels have been allowed to reopen while following COVID-19 instructions.
Apart from this, mess and canteens should be opened as per the instructions of the health department taking all necessary safety measures.
The state government has also decided that all schools, including government, private, and aided schools will reopen from January 27.
So far, Punjab has registered 1,71,136 coronavirus cases with 5,520 deaths, the Health Ministry data shows.