College reopening: Meeting of principals on Friday

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Thiruvananthapuram: A meeting of the college principals will be convened on Friday ahead of the scheduled reopening of higher education institutions in Kerala on October 4.

The meeting will consider day-to-day issues in terms of precautions, scheduling of classes and the like in view of the still persisting threat of COVID-19.

Classes will resume for final-year students of all higher education courses across the State from October 4. Currently, online classes are being held.

Educational institutions were shut early last year with the outbreak of COVID-19. The State administration has drawn up plans for the reopening of colleges. Higher Education Minister R Bindu has said that half the students in one class will be assigned for one session and the remaining for the next session. The institutions can take a call on whether this should be done on a shift basis or on alternate days.

With the reopening of colleges, students can directly interact with the teachers and clear any doubts, the Minister said.

Efforts are on to give at least one dose of vaccine against the pandemic disease to the students before the reopening of colleges. Authorities are checking whether a special camp could be organised to vaccinate students.

Health Minister Veena George has announced that facilities would be in place to administer the vaccine against COVID-19 for final-year students of under-graduate and post-graduate courses before the colleges commence classes again. 

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