Wednesday, 1 July 2020
MHA says no to reopening of educational institutions, KU asks staff to attend duties
SRINAGAR, July 1 : Ministry of Home Affairs has directed that all educational institutions shall remain closed across India till July 31.
The MHA has issued directives at a time when various universities in Kashmir including University of Kashmir have directed employees to attend duties amid COVID-19 lockdown.
“MHA has issued guidelines, whereby it has been directed that colleges and educational institutions will remain closed till 31.07.2020. It has been further stated that online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged,” the MHA said in its order issued on June 30.
“In order to ensure the safety of the faculty members/ teachers/ researchers/ non-teaching staff of higher educational institutions should be permitted and advised to work from home till 31.07.2020,” it reads.
The MHA said the period shall be counted as being on duty for all staff members including Ad-hoc and contract teachers, whose contracts are valid at least up-to 31.07.2020.
At the same time, staff members in various varsities, colleges in Kashmir have been directed to attend their duties.
The University of Kashmir has issued a notification directing all the Deans, Heads, Directors, Coordinators, Officers of School, Examination wing to ensure 100% attendance of the staff. Besides, research scholars have also been asked to report to the university and complete their assignments.