Public, private sector universities to resume classes from August 30
Public and private sector universities will be resuming classes from August 30, according to a notification released by Sindh government
The universities will commence physical classes with 50 per cent attendance under the government-defined standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Moreover, no student or staffer will be allowed in universities, hostels and offices without a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.
Initially, the provincial government had announced to reopen institutes on August 8 with other sectors, then the closure was extended till August 2 and now Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has once again extended their closure till August 30. The government has also made it mandatory for school staff, teachers and parents to get themselves inoculated against the viral disease.
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Mustafa Kamal said that the Sindh government’s decision to close schools for one more week was based on injustice. He said the Pakistan Peoples Party was running the government on the basis of racial prejudice. He asked if coronavirus SOPs were being implemented in any party of the megalopolis.
Earlier in 2020, The Higher Education Commission (HEC) announced to achieve the task of 1500 Pakistani students’ placement in PhD programmes at top ranked US universities under Phase-I of the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor.
According to state news agency APP, the initiative aims to increase the number of faculty in tertiary education institutions with highest academic qualifications.
The US-Pak Knowledge Corridor will provide opportunities for 10,000 Pakistani scholars for doctoral studies enabling higher educational institutions to have highly qualified PhD faculty.
On Oct 30, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had said eligible and deserving students would be given 50,000 scholarships under the Ehsaas programme, taking care of the rights of poor and deprived sections of society.