The Jammu and Kashmir administration has allowed to reopen higher educational institutions in the Union Territory. After a halt of four months of higher educational institutions, Jammu and Kashmir administration has issued a strict guidelines for the reopening of colleges.

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Jammu and Kashmir officials had ordered the closure of educational institutions until further notice due to the uneven condition of COVID-19 cases in March. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Secretary-General AK Mehta. J&K management has taken a number of steps to ensure that this reopening takes place without causing any problems. Certain rules and guidelines have been issued to the colleges. "We have mentioned the guidelines issued by the management of Jammu and Kashmir for the resumption of offline classes at the colleges," said an official.

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Guidelines

• In a guidelines they had mentioned that, the 'off-site' classes are allowed for students and staff who are fully vaccinated and attendance is not compulsory.

• Educational Institutions must obtain the approval of the relevant Deputy Commissioners to pursue offline studies.

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• Before coming to the institution, students and staff will be required to submit their COVID-19 vaccination certificate to the authorities and only then will they be allowed on campus.

• Some educational institutions are allowed to reopen administrative work.

• Employees of other educational institutions, who have been vaccinated, may begin to go to work.

Educational institutions will need to organize vaccination camps so that students and staff who are yet to be vaccinated, can do so easily. In this regard, these institutions should consult with district officials.

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Jammu and Kashmir colleges will still be releasing some SOPs with a view to reopening. Although it is known that the COVID-19 safety regulations will be adhered to, certain details regarding attendance and accommodation plans are expected. Jammu and Kashmir recorded 169 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.