Colleges Reopen In Kashmir After Long Break

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Srinagar- After a gap of nearly two months, the colleges in winter zones of Jammu and Kashmir divisions reopened on Tuesday for physical academic activities.

The officials of Higher Education Department said that there was a good footfall of students in almost all colleges of the valley and winter zones of Jammu division.

Jubilant scenes were seen outside almost all the colleges which reopened today and students were excited to attend the classes physically.

“Online classes were very little fruitful to us. Sometimes, the high speed internet blockade added to our miseries. We couldn’t comprehend what was being lectured online as technical cuts always spoiled the very purpose of online lectures,” Amina, a student said, as per news agency KNO.

She said that this first-time experience of online classes was more than a disaster as there were more losses than the gains during the entire period.

Insha, another college student, said that attending academics physically after a huge gap was joyous as she was able to meet her friends and witness lectures offline.

“Moreover, remaining confined to four walls was mentally disturbing. We badly needed this opportunity to resume classes offline. We hope that there is no untoward incident which would hamper normal work in colleges,” she said.
Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir higher education department on December-23 announced winter vacation for all degree colleges of Kashmir division and winter zones of Jammu division from December-27-2021.

Islamic University To Reopen Today

The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) will re-open on Wednesday after the winter break.

The university has decided to resume offline course work in all Departments/Centres/Colleges with effect from the 21st of this month, in accordance with the Jammu and Kashmir government directive to educational institutions in the UT, an official spokesperson said.

He said that the University began offline teaching and examinations on campus in October 2021, but shifted to online teaching during the winter break.

During a meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Shakil. A. Romshoo, the spokesperson said, it was resolved that all the faculty members of the University will resume their duties on Feb 16, though online teaching will continue as usual until offline class work resumes from 21st Feb.

“Furthermore, all the Principals and departmental Heads were instructed to ensure that COVID Appropriate Behaviors are strictly enforced on campus in accordance with all appropriate protocols, UGC guidelines and government advisories,” the spokesperson said.

He further said that only students who have had both the vaccinations doses will be permitted in the classrooms, and the university has established a system for random testing and screening of the students, faculty and other staff to prevent the spread of COVID on campus.

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