In J-K, educational institutes to remain shut till 2020 ends

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Issuing fresh COVID-19 related guidelines, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said all educational institutions would remain closed till 31 December while no fresh permission or passes are required for activities that were already permitted in the union territory.

It also put all the twenty districts, ten each in Kashmir and Jammu regions, in the orange category but said the Lakhanpur — the gateway to J-K bordering Punjab on National highway 44 — with a buffer of 500-metre radius and the Jawahar Tunnel, which connects Kashmir with the Jammu region, on either side have been classified as red zones, reported Press Trust of India.

All schools, colleges, higher educational institutions (including anganwadi centres) etc will continue to remain closed till 31 December, except training institutions run by the central and state government, read an order issued by Chief Secretary and Chairperson, State Executive Committee, B V R Subrahmanyam.

The order was issued Sunday evening after a detailed review of the current COVID situation in Jammu and Kashmir for regulating activities within the Union Territory for effective containment of the infection.

No fresh permission or passes are required for activities that were already permitted under earlier orders. All instructions relating to safety, health precautions, and social distancing continue to apply, the order said. However, the order said the coaching centres, institutions would be permitted to run classes, outside the containment zones only, with up to 50 per cent capacity of the centres, strictly as per the SOP issued by the union ministry of education.

It said 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff would be permitted to be called to schools for online teaching or tele-counseling and related work, in areas outside containment zones, while students of Class 9 to 12 are permitted to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers.

Skill or entrepreneurship training will be permitted in national skill training institutes, ITIs, or other training centers registered with the national skill development mission or JK skill mission national institute for entrepreneurship and small business development, Indian institute of entrepreneurship and their training providers will also be permitted, as per the SOP already issued, the order said.

It said the higher education institutions would be permitted only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and PG students in science and technical streams requiring lab or experimental works.

The swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons will be permitted, strictly as per the SOP issued by the central government, it said. (PTI)

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