Uttarakhand College Reopening News: In line with the 9th December order of the Uttarakhand State Government, colleges and other higher education institutions in the state will be reopened today i.e. from 15th December 2020. As part of the SOPs and Guidelines issued by the state government, students will have to carry a COVID negative report for RT-PCR test to attend classes. The decision to reopen higher education institutions in the state was taken by the State Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on 9th December 2020. The decision was taken on the basis of feedback and recommendation shared by an Expert Committee appointed to look into the feasibility of reopening of colleges and higher education institutions in the state, led by State Chief Secretary.
Guidelines for Reopening of Higher Education Institutions
RT-PCR Test Report Mandatory: One of the key guidelines that have been issued by the expert committee while recommending reopening of higher education institutions in the state, was about manking COVID negative report mandatory for all students. This guideline has been recommended to help develop a safe and protective bubble or environment at the higher education institutions, where students who are currently not suffering from any kind of infection are only allowed to attend classes.
Written Consent from Parents’: Along with the COVID negative report, students who want to attend in-person classes at colleges and universities, will also need to present a written consent letter from their parents.
Operations at 50% Capacity: To ensure proper social distancing on campus and to avoid overcrowding in common areas as well as classrooms; the state government has directed colleges and higher education institutions to operate at 50% capacity only. As part of this, colleges have been asked to conduct classes in different shifts and smaller batches to maintain social distancing inside the classrooms and laboratories.
Practical Training to be Prioritized: Moreover, colleges have been asked to prioritize in-person classes for students who are pursing courses which have practical examination. Such students will be allowed to visit colleges and attend practical training classes. Theory classes will continue to be held through online platforms until further instructions.