Closure of educational institution in IIOJK extended till June 30

Srinagar, June 16 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have extended closure of educational institutions for in-person and on campus teaching till June 30.

An order issued by the authorities says, “All Schools, Colleges, Universities, Technical Education / Skill Development Institutes and Coaching Centers shall remain closed for in-person / on campus teaching (till June 30).” The order says the teaching staff shall conduct online classes from their homes.

“The Universities and Colleges shall be permitted to seek in person attendance of minimal staff, only for research / lab work. However, such staff of educational institutions as are needed by the concerned District Disaster Management Authorities for official duties shall not be exempted from duties, the order adds.

Meanwhile, the High Court of the territory also extended by June 30 the virtual hearing of the cases in both Srinagar and Jammu wings as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in the territory.

Registrar Judicial, Jawad Ahmad, said in an order that keeping in view the prevailing situation on account of the spread of COVID-19 infection cases in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions and also the latest SOPs and guidelines in vogue, the previous order regarding virtual hearing of the cases is further extended up to 30 June, 2021.

“Physical hearing in respect of any listed matter will be at the discretion of the Bench concerned subject to the satisfaction of the Bench regarding extreme urgency involved in such matter and thereafter such case shall be taken up for physical hearing on the date fixed by the Bench,” read the order. “On account of virtual hearing, entry of lawyers in the High Court premises is not required unless any advocate is permitted for physical hearing in any extremely urgent matter,” it added.

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