News By/Courtesy: Nandakishore A | 19 Sep 2020 21:12pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On Saturday, the Punjab Government gave permission for the opening of higher education institutions from the 21st of September, exclusively for PhD scholars and postgraduate students
  • Satish Chandra issued detailed guidelines in which, open-air theatres were allowed with strict adherence to social distancing norms.
  • If and when their classes start, they have to take special precautions to ensure that they do not take the virus back home, where their older, risk-prone parents or grandparents are living.

On Saturday, the Punjab Government gave permission for the opening of higher education institutions from the 21st of September, exclusively for Ph.D. scholars and postgraduate students pursuing technical and professional courses, courses that require experimental work. Other educational institutions like schools, colleges, and coaching centers are advised to remain closed during this time. These guidelines were issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in compliance with the directives of the current phase of lockdown.

The Department of Higher Education (DHE) in consultation with MHA will allow Higher Education Institutions only for Ph.D. scholars and students pursuing their post-graduation, after assessing the current situation and keeping track of the COVID-19 status in the respective state. Special Chief Secretary, Satish Chandra issued detailed guidelines in which, open-air theatres were allowed with strict adherence to social distancing norms. Other public arenas like Cinema halls, parks, swimming pools, etc. will remain closed.

The State Government suggests online distance learning in the aforementioned order as schools, colleges, and coaching centers remain closed. In an official statement by Satish Chandra, for the purpose of online teaching, tele-counseling, and other related work outside containment zones, only 50 percent of the teaching and non-teaching staff will be allowed to attend such institution at a given time.

As the pandemic grows stronger and stronger across the Nation day-by-day, citizens, especially the students have to be more careful in their daily activities. If and when their classes start, they have to take special precautions to ensure that they do not take the virus back home, where their older, risk-prone parents or grandparents are living. Confining education within the screens of a mobile or a laptop comes with its own difficulties, with multiples reports coming in showing the grievances of students who are unable to attend such classes due to lack of access. The state government should take all of this into consideration and bring in proper and necessary measures which will help the overall welfare of its people.

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 20 Sep 2020 20:47pm IST


Tags : Punjab State Government, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Higher Education Institutions, PhD, Post Graduate, Students, Experimental Work, Open-air theaters, Precautionary Measures

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