With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Kerala, colleges in the state will reopen on October 4 after more than a year following health protocols. Sajukumar, Joint Secretary, Higher Education Department, said in an order that classes for the final semester of degree and postgraduate courses will be started strictly following the COVID-19 health protocols. All the institutions under the Higher Education Department will start functioning from October 4. Classes for final year PG courses will be conducted with full attendance, while for final year degree courses it will be 50 percent. The timings may be decided by the college councils as per the space available in the institutions.
For science subjects, importance should be given to practical classes. It has been said in the order that classes for other semesters will continue online. “The classrooms, libraries and laboratories should be thoroughly sanitized before the commencement of classes and institutions may seek assistance from the concerned local self-government bodies, health workers or NGOs,” the order said.
The state government asked the concerned institutional heads to ensure that the students follow strict COVID-19 health protocols. The order said, “Institutions should ensure availability of adequate number of masks, sanitizers and hand washing facilities. Gathering should be avoided.”
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