Maharashtra colleges to reopen after Covid-19 lockdown: Colleges In Maharashtra will re-open with 50% occupancy from February 15, Uday Samant, Higher and Technical Education Minister of Maharashtra informed on Wednesday. He also said that universities have been directed not to force students to pay full fees, and a committee is looking into fee-related grievances of students.
In a major relief for students, the Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister was quoted by ANI as saying that the rule of minimum 75% attendance will be waived off for this year.
Samant stated that as some hostels are being used as quarantine centres, all hostels may not reopen from February 15.
He said that universities can conduct examinations online as well as off-line as per the coronavirus situation in respective areas. The minister also announced that if a college is found violating government norms, it will face legal action.
Universities can start with practicals and gradually schedule physical lectures, Samant said, adding that colleges are expected to take students into confidence while deciding on this.
Students will get relaxation from the 75 per cent attendance rule as colleges have remained shut for most part of the academic year 2020-21 due to the pandemic, he said.
Curriculum of second and final years of graduation courses has been covered to some extent through virtual classes.
Colleges in Maharashtra, like in other parts of the country, have been shut since Coronavirus lockdown was clamped on March 24 last year to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Earlier in January, Maharashtra had announced the re-opening of schools will for Classes 5 to 8 in from January 27. Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad had said that she had informed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that schools can be reopened for Classes 5 to 8 from January 27.
However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had said that schools and colleges in Mumbai will stay shut “till further orders”.
Schools and junior colleges for Classes 9 to 12 had also reopened in parts of Maharashtra in January based on the COVID-19 situation in respective areas.
State minister Varsha Gaikwad had then stated that local authorities including district collectors, municipal commissioners and district civil surgeons will assess the ground situation before taking a call on the reopening of the rest of schools and colleges in Maharashtra.
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