Colleges in Chandigarh reopened today after remaining shut for over a year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"It is a great feeling to be back again in college. Offline lectures are better than online classes," Iqbalpreet Singh, student of Guru Gobind Singh College told ANI.
Colleges in the city were shut for over a year due to COVID-19 restrictions | Twitter/@ANI
The Chandigarh administration earlier last week ordered reopening of institutions of higher education for the ongoing classes on or after August 11, 2021.
However, the institutes have been directed to follow COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour and to use a hybrid model of teaching (offline online), taking into consideration the academic requirements, circumstances, infrastructure of the Institution, Directorate of Higher Education, Chandigarh, in a notice said.
Teaching and non-teaching staff are required to have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination. | Twitter/@ANI
The head of institutions has also been asked to ensure that teaching and non-teaching staff has received at least one dose of Covid vaccination. "Only those students (18 age) who have received at least one dose of vaccination, minimum two weeks ago shall be allowed to attend the institution. The decision regarding exemption from vaccination (due to medical conditions only) will be taken by the respective Head of Institution," the notice further added.
College hostels have also been permitted to open under the condition of adherence to COVID norms | Twitter/@ANI
College hostels have also been permitted to open under the condition of adherence to COVID norms. The students seeking hostel accommodation will be required to submit a negative RT-PCR report of not more than 72 hours before occupying the hostel accommodation.
"Institutional premises should be used only for academic and related activities, subject to the adherence to guidelines issued from time to time by the Chandigarh Administration," the notice read.
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