The Bihar Education Department has issued guidelines for reopening educational institutes including schools, colleges and universities from January 4. The classes will commence at 50% of the total strength. The state had shut down all the institutes on March 15 along with the nationwide lockdown imposed due to spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The state took the decision to open the educational centres in a Crisis Management Group (CMG) meeting on December 18.
Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary of state education department informed in the meeting that all the Bihar educational institutions including government schools, privates schools, higher educational institutes, coaching institutes, MBBS and engineering institutes and all the research institutes will reopen for classes from January, 2021. The management of these institutes will have to ensure following of the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Ministry of Health in the institutes’ premises.