State govt okays reopening of degree, engineering colleges from Nov 17

Students who wish to attend the classes in-person will have to carry a consent letter from their parents, says DCM Dr CN Ashwathnarayan

Prime News, Karnataka, Education, Health, Disease, Bengaluru, October 23:- In all likelihood, all degree and engineering colleges will reopen from November 17. According to the latest announcement by the state government, the degree and diploma colleges will be asked to reopen but not before ensuring all Covid guidelines are in place. All schools and colleges were shut in the month of March this year after the coronavirus pandemic erupted.

Many discussions have been held at different levels whether to open schools and colleges in the near future at all. Given the pandemic situation, many experts opined time was not conducive but in its latest decision, the government has said colleges will be allowed to open after Diwali.

A high-level meeting, headed by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, was held at his office in Bengaluru on Friday (October 23).

Deputy Chief Minister and Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwathnarayan and Education Department officials participated in the meeting to elicit their opinions. The focus of the meeting was on reopening of degree and PG colleges in the first phase. After collecting information from the Higher Education Department officials, Yediyurappa, it seems, gave his consent.

On his twitter handle, DCM Dr Ashwathnarayan said that “All safety measures shall be followed in accordance with UGC’s #COVID19 Guidelines. A Task Force will be instituted at each District and College level to seamlessly implement the same.” 

In another tweet, the minister said “The classes will be held in a ‘blended’ manner with the option of attending classes either in-person or through online classes. Those who wish to attend the classes in-person will have to carry a consent letter from their parents.” (MR/Inputs: Agencies)


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