Students all over the country are waiting for directives from the government regarding the reopening of educational institutes in their area. To ease the minds of college students in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to shut down all degree colleges in summer zones for a month. As per several media reports, the colleges will remain closed till July 5

This decision was finalised by the Jammu and Kashmir Higher Education Department through an official order issued by Talat Parvez Rohella, Secretary of Higher Education Department.

The official order issued by the secretary states, “All government degree colleges of the Union Territory of J&K (in summer zone) shall observe summer vacations with effect from June 5 to July 5.”

The Director Colleges in the UT’s Higher Education Department took this decision after consulting the students, parents and stakeholders at an institutional level. In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, everyone felt that the safest time to reopen colleges would be in July.

As the fifth phase of the lockdown was introduced, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued several guidelines with the objective of easing the restrictions and reopening several industries to resume the smooth functioning of society.

Lockdown 5.0 consists of three phases, and Phase II focusses on the reopening of schools and colleges across the country. MHA has stated in its notice that the decision of reopening educational and training institutes will be taken in July, after getting the approval of the respective state government and all the concerned stakeholders. All educational institutes will remain closed till then.

Since colleges are closed, online portals are being used to conduct examinations and classes. The HRD Ministry has also launched several digital and online portals to help students cope with their studies while they are at home.

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