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Srinagar: After remaining shut for almost the entire academic session last year, degree colleges in Kashmir reopened on Monday amid partial attendance of students and strict COVID-19 SOPs in place.

The institutions operated for barely two weeks in the 2020 academic session before the COVID-19 pandemic brought in a country-wide lockdown in March.

The Higher Education Department had also announced the winter vacation for J&K colleges- from December 26 –January 04 in summer zone and December 28-February 14 in Kashmir and winter zone of Jammu.

With the pandemic calming down, the department on January 28, announced to open the institutions in the respective divisions without any further delay albeit with strict adherence to COVID-19 SOPs, especially social-distancing and wearing of masks.

The colleges reopened in the Valley this morning amid a staggered attendance at many institutions already announced by the authorities.

At Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College Bemina in Srinagar, the authorities had on Wednesday announced classes for different semesters on rotational basis. The college has scheduled 2nd semester classes on Monday and Tuesday, those of 4th semester on Wednesday and Thursday and 6th semester classes on Friday and Saturday. Integrated and postgraduate classes would be conducted round the week, it said.

Likewise, Amar Singh College and SP College in Srinagar too have announced a staggered attendance of students as a precautionary measure to contain COVID-19 spread.

Authorities said that colleges witnessed sparse attendance of students even as COVID-19 SOPs were strictly put in place.

Meanwhile, students were excited to join the offline mode of education after a hiatus of a year.

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