The Punjab state government has decided to reopen the universities and colleges from 21 January 2021 onwards. Educational institutions across the country have been shut since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Along with the notice about college reopening, the state government also issued standard operating procedures and guidelines regarding the precautions to be taken. The guidelines must be followed by each of the higher educational institutions.
The state government has decided to reopen the government, government-aided and non-aided colleges, including the government and private universities. The government has issued a detailed letter to all the universities and colleges.
According to media reports, keeping in mind the students’ interests, educational institutions must conduct classes for the students in the offline and online mode and conduct the semester/ annual exams in the offline way only.
In a Punjab Government statement, students will be allowed to take classes according to their choice. None of the institutions must compel the student to be physically present at the institutions. The government has also decided to reopen the hostels in the universities and colleges with all the COVID-19 instructions. Each of the hostel rooms must be allotted according to the room’s size, considering the students’ required distance or safety. Final year students will also be given priority at the time of the allotment while the mess or canteens should be opened according to the health department’s instructions.