‘Early onset of winter’: Online classes in Kashmir GDCs from Dec 1

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Students on the premises of women's college in Anantnag as they leave home after concluding class hours.

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir’s administration Thursday issued a circular directing all government degree colleges in Kashmir to shift to online classes in response to the formidable challenges posed by the early onset of winter.

“Due to early onset of winter, students enrolled in Government Degree Colleges of Kashmir Division are facing major challenge in commuting to college and, thereby, attending classes. Situation has got compounded due to disruption to normal class work with inadequate heating arrangements. With the implementation of admission based on merit and choice, students have to travel distances or stay in Hostel or stay in private accommodations which has put them to severe hardship due to early onset of harsh winter,” reads a Circular issued by Higher Education Department vide no 06-HE(JK) of 2023.

“In order to ensure unhindered academic delivery in adverse and extreme cold conditions, it is impressed upon all the Principals of Government Degree Colleges of Kashmir Division that classes will be conducted via online mode w.e.f. 01.12.2023 till 31st December, 2023 or till winter vacations are announced, whichever is earlier.”

“Further, Principals of Govt Degree Colleges of Kashmir division are directed to ensure that the faculty will attend their respective colleges regularly and take their classes online from the colleges in order to complete the syllabus as per academic calendar. Besides, all internal examinations and semester-end examinations will be conducted as per notified schedule of universities/institutions,” the order further reads.

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