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Permission granted to reopen universities: UGC Chairman

The University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Sampath Amaratunga has said that, the Vice-Chancellors of universities can reopen the universities on any date starting from today.

The universities are allowed to open subject to the COVID guidelines and under the first stage the stundents who have completed two weeks after getting both doses of a vaccine against COVID-19 will be allowed to attend lectures, he further said.

Under the first phase, the Universities are advised to resume classes for only 25 percent of students.

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VCs permitted to open Universities - UGC

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Vice Chancellors have been given permission to open universities at any time from today in accordance with health guidelines, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Senior Prof.Sampath Amarathunga said.

The Vice Chancellor of each university will decide on the date of opening of the university after taking into consideration the current situation of the university. Physical resources including lecture halls of certain universities are being used for measures at controlling the virus pandemic as quarantine centres and intermediate treatment camps. In such situations, it is needed to take time for opening of such universities, Prof. Amaratunga added.

He emphasized that although universities open, only students who have received both doses of the covid prevention vaccine will be allowed to stay in hostels.

In accordance with the health guidelines those students who take hostel facilities should have completed at least two weeks after taking the second dose. It is important to have both jabs to enter the university premises for academic purposes even though it is not compulsory.

Both vaccines have already been given to the Academic and Non-Academic staff members over 30 in all the universities.

Prof.Amaratunga said that although the universities are virtually closed, the typical academic and non-academic activities are continuing hassle-free with the help of modern communication technology systems.


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