Education Institutions To Remain Shut Till June 30

Empty class rooms at Amar Singh College in Srinagar | KO File Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday extended closure of the educational institutions for in-person and on campus teaching till June 30.

“All Schools, Colleges, Universities, Technical Education / Skill Development Institutes and Coaching Centers shall remain closed for in-person / on campus teaching (till June 30),” reads an order by the State Executive Committee on the basis of the current assessment of the COVID situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The teaching staff shall also be required to conduct online classes from their homes only, the order reads.

“The Universities and Colleges shall be permitted to seek in person attendance of minimal staff, only for research / lab work.” However, such staff of educational institutions as are needed by the concerned District Disaster Management Authorities for official duties shall not be exempted from duties, the order added.

Virtual Hearing In All Courts Extended

Meanwhile the High Court on Tuesday extended by June 30 virtual hearing of the cases in both Srinagar and Jammu wings as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Keeping in view the prevailing situation on account of the spread of Covid-19 infection cases in Jammu& Kashmir and Ladakh and also the latest SOPs and Guidelines of the Government in vogue, the High Court order No. 259 of 2021/RG dated 26.04.2021, read with order No. 332 of 2021/RG dated 25.05.2021, is further extended up to 30 June, 2021,” Registrar General, Jawad Ahmad, said in an order.

Earlier the Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal by virtue of the orders cited by the Registrar General had directed that filing as well as hearing of cases in both wings High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be conducted through Virtual Mode till May 15 which now has been extended till the end of June.

The Chief Justice had directed that the entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited in both wings of the High Court.

“For filing of cases, Registrars Judicial of both wings of the High Court shall create a dedicated email address of their respective filing counters and notify the same to the advocates/litigants by making it available on the website of the High Court.”

‘Ordinarily Before Notice' matters shall be taken up by each Bench unless urgency in respect of any ‘After Notice' matter is shown to the satisfaction of the Bench concerned, the April 26 order reads.

“Physical hearing in respect of any listed matter will be at the discretion of the Bench concerned subject to the satisfaction of the Bench regarding extreme urgency involved in such matter and thereafter such case shall be taken up for physical hearing on the date fixed by the Bench” reads the order, adding, “On account of virtual hearing, entry of lawyers in the High Court premises is not required unless any advocate is permitted for physical hearing in any extremely urgent matter.”

In order to decongest the sections/offices/Courts, the Chief Justice had said the officials shall be permitted to function in batches with 50 percent reduction on rotation basis. The roster in this regard, shall be formulated by the Registrar Judicial of the concerned wing.”

Regarding District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, the Chief Justice ordered that entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited.

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