Punjab allows higher education institutes to open from Sept 21 for research work

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has allowed higher educational institutions to open from September 21 but only for research scholars and post graduate students of technical and professional programmes which require laboratories or experimental works. Other educational institutions would continue to remain closed for students.

All schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular classes. On-line distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged, reads the Unlock 4 guidelines issued on Saturday.

The state government has also made it clear that 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff shall be allowed to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching or tele-counselling and related work in areas outside the containment zones only as per standard operating procedure (SOP) issued on September 3.

The Unlock 4 guidelines issued by the state home department have also allowed open air theatres to open with social distancing and wearing of face masks or covers. But cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will continue to remain closed.

The Punjab government had earlier on September 9 issued Unlock 4 guidelines in which additional restrictions were imposed in urban areas of the state. These restrictions would continue to remain in operation till September 30.

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