Colleges in Maharashtra will reopen from October 20

All colleges and universities in Maharashtra will be able to conduct physical classes from October 20 and students must be fully vaccinated to attend classroom sessions, according to state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samanta on Wednesday.

All colleges and universities in Maharashtra can conduct physical classes from October 20 and students must be fully vaccinated to attend classroom sessions, the state’s higher and technical education minister Uday Samanta said on Wednesday. He made the announcement while talking to reporters here. The decision comes after schools across the state resumed physical sessions in classes 5 to 12 from October 4 after being closed for more than a year and a half due to the epidemic.

“All non-agricultural colleges, state-run universities, reputed universities, self-financed universities and their affiliated colleges may start physical classes from October 20. Teachers as well as non-teaching staff should complete their vaccinations. Priority,” Mr Samantha said.

“Only students who have taken both doses will be able to join the class. Students who have not yet completed their vaccine against Covid-19 should be given priority in coordination with their respective colleges,” he added.

After discussing the matter with the local authorities empowered under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, a decision will be taken on how many students should attend a class. Every university should issue standard operating system (SOP) in its affiliated colleges, he said.

A proposal to allow college-going students to board local trains in Mumbai and surrounding areas will soon be submitted to the chief secretary of the state, the minister said. Students who need to stay in hostels will be notified by the college administration.

The issue of opening hostels for students is to be discussed with higher and technical education officials of the colleges, he added. The number of infections and deaths in Maharashtra has been steadily declining over the past few days.

On Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 recovery rate stood at 97.36 percent.

(PTI)

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