Bengaluru: The state government has announced that College students who wish to attend physical classes from November 17 will have to mandatorily submit a COVID-19 negative report.

The Karnataka government on Monday issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that will have to be followed by degree colleges and universities.

The SOP states that both students and staff will have to undergo RT-PCR test three days prior to attending the classes. Students will be allowed to attend classes only if they submit a negative report.

Colleges have been told to map the closest primary health centres so that the students and staff can get tested for free. Only 50% of the students will be allowed to attend classes per shift.

Educational institutions have also been told that they can extend the teaching hours if required.

Colleges and universities have been told that the library and canteens should remain closed and students will have to bring food and drinking water from home.

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The SOP says those attending offline classes will have to get consent from their parents and wear masks. In case of online classes, institutions should provide contact classes to clear doubts.

Lecturers have also been asked to provide syllabus to students a month in advance via Telegram, WhatsApp, or email.

All students exclusively of postgraduate and final year who attend online, or offline classes can stay in hostels located on campus or off campus.