After a gap of over one year colleges in Kerala is going to reopen on 4 October with the following health protocols, as the state gets relief from COVID-19 restrictions. The final semesters of degree and post-graduate courses will be started, strictly adhering to COVID-19 health protocols said Sajukumar Higher Education Department Joint Secretary. All institutions under the Higher Education department shall start functioning from October 4, Sajukumar added.
The final year PG course will start with full attendance of students, whereas final year degree courses will start with 50 percent of students. As per the space available in the institution, the timing will be decided by the college council.
According to the order given by Higher Education Department Joint Secretary, in Science subject, the importance must be given to practicals, and other semesters classes will continue to run online. Proper sanitizations must be done in the classrooms, libraries, and laboratories before the classes begin, the college could take help from local self-government bodies concerned, health workers, or NGOs. It should be ensured by the institute that through offline classes every student should follow strictly COVID-19 guidelines.
“The institutions should ensure availability of a sufficient number of masks, sanitisers, and hand wash facilities. Social distancing must be followed” said the order.
Vaccination drives are to be arranged for the students and the staff. It was being announced by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on September 7, that all higher educational institutions, including technical, polytechnic, and medical, would be allowed to function from October 4 for final year students. The decision to open the college was taken as the Total Positivity Rate in the state, got decreased to 17.91 in the first week of September in contrast to 18.49 percent in the last week of August.