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College to reopen for first-year students in Gujarat from Feb 8

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The education department has announced that colleges for first-year students across all streams will begin from February 8 onwards. The department has said that when physical classes resume, the college authorities will have to ensure that there is adequate social distancing between two students. The decision comes in the wake of a dip in COVID cases in the state.

Earlier, the department had on January 11 announced that it would allow final year students of graduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D., medical and paramedical courses to attend college. As for second year and students of other sections, a decision will be taken later the education department officials announced.

College hostels to reopen too

The state has also announced that the Samras hostels in the state, which had been converted into temporary COVID 19 centers, will now once again be available for use by students as COVID cases have come down drastically. The department has also announced certain guidelines for such hostels.

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Some of the guidelines for college hostel students

  • One room in a hostel cannot have more than two students.
  • Students showing COVID 19 symptoms are not allowed in the hostels
  • All hostel students need to be screened with thermal guns.
  • Canteen should be clean and gathering of students is not allowed.
  • If possible steps should be taken to ensure that food is provided in the room itself.
  • A crowd is not allowed in the hostel campus and hence the number of students allowed in hostels will be limited.
  • Sanitizers should be provided on every floor of the hostel and students need to ensure social distancing in corridors too.
  • Students can’ congregate in common places including gardens and all games that involve physically coming into contact with each other are banned.
  • Employees at such hostels should also be regularly checked with thermal guns before being allowed to enter the premises.

 

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