School-College Reopening Update: In view of the steady decline in Kovid-19 cases, many state governments have started preparations to resume classes in physical mode in higher educational institutions and colleges. Last year all educational institutions across the country were closed due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
Although earlier, the institutes were to be reopened from March 2021, but the second wave of Kovid-19 once again wreaked havoc due to which it was further delayed. At the same time, as things are returning to normal, state and central educational institutions are gearing up to resume physical classes. Higher educational institutions have already been reopened in some states. Let us know what is the state wise status regarding the reopening of colleges and schools.
State Wise Status of Re-opening of Colleges and Schools
Preparations have started for the reopening of schools in the national capital Delhi in a phased manner. In the first phase, schools will be opened for senior classes, after that schools will be opened for medium classes and later permission will be given to reopen schools for primary classes. Attendance of students in schools has not been made mandatory and online classes will also continue during this period. However, the date of reopening of schools in Delhi is yet to be announced.
The state government has decided to reopen schools for students of classes 6 to 8 from September 2. Students who want to attend offline classes will have to get written permission from their parents. The government has said that classes will be conducted following all the Kovid-19 protocols. Apart from this, online classes will also continue.
Uttar Pradesh’s Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has already issued a notification regarding the reopening of classes. The university has announced the resumption of classes in hybrid (offline and online) mode for undergraduate and postgraduate final year students from September 1. At the same time, classes in other institutions of UP are also expected to resume soon. As far as the opening of schools in the state is concerned, the schools from class 9th to class 12th have opened from August 16 and offline classes are being conducted in two shifts. At the same time, from August 24, schools from classes 6 to 8 have also been reopened. Schools will also be reopened for students of classes 1 to 5 from September 1.
In Uttarakhand too, schools have been reopened for students of classes 6 to 12 from August 1. This decision has been taken due to the low number of Kovid-19 cases in the state. The state government has also issued SOPs and guidelines to ensure the safety of students, which are mandatory for educational institutions to follow.
The Rajasthan government has also announced the reopening of schools as well as colleges, universities and coaching institutes from September 1 for students of classes 9 to 12. Only 50 per cent students in each session will be allowed to attend classes to maintain the COVID-19 protocol.
The state of Karnataka has resumed pre-university classes from August 23, although uncertainty remains over the reopening of colleges. The state government can take a decision on this soon.
Schools in Haryana have already reopened for doubt-solving, practical classes and exams for students of classes 9th to 12th from the month of July, however, there is no update on reopening of colleges yet.
All general degree colleges, technical and professional colleges in Tripura have been reopened from August 25 with strict guidelines.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has directed officials to reopen all educational institutions, including schools and colleges, from September 1. However, it is not mandatory to attend offline classes. During this online classes will also continue as before.
Meanwhile, some states like Punjab have reopened colleges for students who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while other states are also seeking to reopen colleges and universities with limited capacity. making plans. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that schools and colleges can reopen in the state after the Durga Puja holiday.
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