Higher educational institutions to open for Ph.d scholars

Chandigarh, September 19, 2020: In compliance with the directives of Unlock 4.0 issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Punjab Government today allowed opening of higher education institutions for Ph.D scholars and post graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring labs and experimental works from Sept 21.
However, schools, colleges and coaching centres will remain closed.
According to detailed guidelines issued by Special Chief Secretary (Home), Satish Chandra, open air theatres will be allowed to function with strict adherence to social distancing norms.
Cinema Halls, Swimming Pools, Entertainment Parks, Theatres and similar places would however, continue to remain closed.
As per the orders, online distance learning shall continue to be permitted and encouraged but schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students and regular classes.
Chandra said that 50 per cent of the teaching and non-teaching staff would be allowed to attend schools at a time for online teaching/tele counseling and related work in areas outside the containment zones, only as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued on September 8, 2020 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The orders of MHA issued on Aug 29, 2020 and the subsequent guidelines issued by the State Government on Sept 9, 2020 imposing additional restrictions in urban areas would continue to be in operation, said Chandra.

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