Colleges, Universities in Bihar Reopen with 50% Strength in Classrooms

Colleges, Universities in Bihar Reopen with 50% Strength in Classrooms

The Education Department of Bihar has reopened the colleges and universities in the state from yesterday, February 17, for the resumption of physical classes after being shut down for 11 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bihar government has also issued a list of safety protocols to all the higher educational institutes for the safe resumption of classes in the state. All universities and colleges have been instructed to follow the Covid-19 safety guidelines strictly.

A list of Covid-19 guidelines was also released by the government in a notification issued by Bihar State Director of higher education Rekha Kumari. As per the guidelines, the classes for university and college students have resumes with only 50 percent strength.

Rekha Kumari

The government of Bihar had resumed the classes for students of final year undergraduate and postgraduate courses, following the success of which, it was decided to reopen the colleges for the rest of the students with several Covid-19 guidelines.

Covid-19 Guidelines for Colleges Reopening

Rekha Kumari, while talking about the Covid-19 measures taken in colleges, said that all higher educational institutes will ensure the proper sanitisation of the classroom and common areas for the safety of the staff and students.

All students have been asked to wear a face mask inside the college premises. Students will also have to ensure proper social distancing in classrooms and all the common areas. Washing hands and usage of sanitisers will also be promoted in colleges.

The government of Bihar will also be conducting random medical testing of the students and staff in the initial phase of reopening of colleges to ensure that no one is Covid-19 positive. The seating arrangement of classrooms has also been changed to ensure social distancing.

The schools in Bihar have also reopened for students of classes 9 to 12 from January 4, after a gap of nearly 10 months. The schools were reopened for higher classes due to the need for conduction of physical classes for the upcoming board exams.

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