The Federal Government is considering the option of reopening universities after July 15 in the first phase. The federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mahmood said before opening schools, it is suggested to reopen universities first as university students can take safety measures properly.
The Federal Minister has also advised Chairman HEC to consult with all universities regarding the reopening of universities and finalize a comprehensive policy in this regard. Chairman HEC has also called an online meeting of the Vice-Chancellors of all major universities to seek their suggestions on the issue.
The federal Minister also said in a media talk that universities cannot remain closed any further. Although the federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that universities will be reopened after July 15, however, Chairman HEC Dr. Tariq Banuri said that universities will be reopened after Eid following all the SOPs. It is also reported that the universities will be reopened after July 15 for testing drills only and to test the effectiveness of the suggested SOPs and proper classes will resume after Eid.