Saju Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education, said in an order that the final semester classes of degree and postgraduate courses would be started strictly following the Covid-1 health protocol.
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“All institutions under the Department of Higher Education will start functioning from October 4,” it said. Final year PG courses will be held with full attendance and for final year degree courses it will be 50 per cent, it said, adding that college councils can schedule time according to the space available at the institutions.
Emphasis should be placed on practical classes for science, the order said, adding that other semester classes will run online.
“Classrooms, libraries and laboratories should be well sanitized before the start of classes and organizations can enlist the help of local autonomous agencies, health workers or NGOs,” the order said.
The state government has asked the concerned institution heads to ensure that the students are strictly following the Covid-1 health protocol.
“Organizations must ensure adequate number of masks, sanitizers and hand washing facilities. Assemblies should be avoided,” the order said.
It instructed institutions to approach the Department of Health to arrange vaccination drives for students and staff. September In September, Chief Minister Pinarayi Bijayan announced that all higher education institutions, including technical, polytechnic and medical, would be allowed to operate for final year students from October to October. He said, however, that the reopening of the institutions would be subject to the condition that all final year students, faculty and staff would receive at least the first vaccination. As part of easing the ban, the government decided to lift the curfew that night and lift the ‘strict’ restrictions on Sunday.
The chief minister said the decision was taken as the total positivity rate in the state, which was close to 18.49 per cent in the last week of August, has come down to 17.91 in the first week of September.
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