he government on Sunday extended the closure of all educational institutes till 31 May.
“All Universities, colleges and technical or skill development institutions in Jammu and Kashmir shall remain closed for imparting on-campus and in-person education to the students till 31 May,” reads an order by B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary and Chairperson State Executive Committee. “Teaching in all these institutions will be in on-line mode.”
He said all schools, colleges, technical education and skill development institutes shall not require in person attendance of any member of the staff. “The teaching staff shall conduct online classes only from their homes. The concerned departments will issue guidelines in this regard.”
Regarding the Universities, he said all the varsities shall be permitted to seek in person attendance of minimal staff only for research/lab / thesis work, etc.
However, he said, such staff of educational institutions as are needed by the concerned District Disaster Management Authorities for official duties shall not be exempted from duties on account of this Order
“Even where some institutions are allowed to be opened by a specific or general order, educational institutions are strongly advised to take full safety precautions especially by ensuring social distancing, staggered attendance, maintaining sanitation and hygiene, early identification and isolation of suspect cases.”