The Kerala government recently announced that colleges in the state will reopen from January 4 only for final year students. In the first phase, students of fifth and sixth semesters of undergraduate courses will be allowed to attend classes. Classes for other semesters will resume gradually.
Besides, students enrolled in postgraduate programmes and research courses will also be allowed to attend classes from January 4. All the teaching and non-teaching staff will be allowed to go to college from December 28.
A list of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) has been issued for the conduction of regular classes amid the ongoing pandemic.
Colleges will be conducting classes in two shifts to avoid overcrowding in the common areas. A 50 percent limit of the class strength has been allowed to ensure social distancing among the students during classes.
The order includes all undergraduate students in Arts and Science, Law, Music, Fine Arts, Polytechnic Colleges, and other technical institutions.
The dates for reopening the colleges for students of intermediate semesters will be announced soon.
Suggestions have been made that classes 10 and 12 should resumed from the first week of January in view of the upcoming board exams.
Source: India Today
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