The Uttarakhand government has decided to allow the reopening of colleges and higher educational institutions in the state from 15 December 2020. The decision to reopen colleges, universities and other higher educational institutions was taken by the state government in a state-level cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday, 9 December 2020.
Earlier, the state government had decided to reopen schools in the state by mid-November. The decision was postponed by the state government after news of around 80 teachers testing positive for the coronavirus broke out. The state government is again considering the reopening of colleges and higher educational institutions in Uttarakhand.
Decision Based on the Recommendations of the Expert Committee
The state government had appointed an expert committee that submitted recommendations regarding the reopening of colleges and universities. The expert committee was chaired by the State’s Chief Secretary who assessed the prevailing situation and proposed guidelines for the reopening of colleges and other higher educational institutions in the state. The expert committee also proposed several other important measures and guidelines to handle the coronavirus situation in the state.
During the state government cabinet meeting, a briefly described presentation was showcased. The presentation revealed the plans and preparedness of the state government to carry out COVID-19 vaccination procedures. According to the plan proposed, 20% per cent of the state’s total population will be vaccinated in the first phase which will include people above 55 years of age and the front line workers who are at more risk of contracting the infection.