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‘Decision to reopen Colleges, Universities to be taken only after Govt issues new guidelines’

Bhat Imran

Srinagar, Nov 03: Amid speculations about reopening of Colleges and Universities in Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities on Tuesday said the decision to reopen the educational institutes will be taken only after the government issues new guidelines.

Top official of the Higher Education Department told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that it has not received any intimation by the government regarding the reopening of Colleges and Universities so far.

“As of now, we have not got any intimation with regard to reopening of Colleges and Universities from the government,” the official said.

The official further informed KNO, “Until the government will issue any new guidelines, we cannot take any decision as to whether we will reopen the institutions or continue with online mode.”

“The colleges however are open for research, guidance and counsel even the students are visiting the college to collect the notes and study material and the regular class work has not been started yet,” the official said.

Pertinently, the University of Kashmir (KU) in October said the academic activities of the ongoing academic session will continue even during the winter vacations in order to compensate the academic losses due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier in September, the University Grants Commission (UGC) ordered Universities and Colleges to commence classes for the new academic session 2020-21 from November-01 for first year Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

UGC also directed the Universities and Colleges to complete the admission process by October-31—(KNO)


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