Colleges to open in first week of November

The DyCM had said this will be confirmed after a meeting with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa,  which is scheduled in three days, a source said.

Published: 21st October 2020 07:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2020 07:39 PM   |  A+A-

Students stage protest against the government’s decision to reopen colleges, in Bengaluru on Saturday | shriram bn

Express News Service

BENGALURU:  While there is no official announcement yet about the start of the academic year offline for college students, top officials from the education department have indicated that colleges will reopen offline in the first week of November, and preparations for the same are on.Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, who is also Higher Education Minister, told reporters on Monday that the department is preparing to reopen colleges in November. UGC has come out with an advisory for state governments to reopen colleges, he said.

The DyCM had said this will be confirmed after a meeting with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa,  which is scheduled in three days, a source said. A top source from the department confirmed to TNIE that the department is looking to open colleges in the first week of November. However, students will be given a choice between offline and online classes, the source added.

A committee of current vice-chancellors of universities, that met on Saturday, also reportedly suggested that classes be held on Sundays too, if need be.“The committee can only recommend how colleges can be opened, and not the schedule, which has to be decided by the UGC and government. A hybrid model of education, instead of going completely offline, will help decongest the campus and hostels,” a vice-chancellor told TNIE.

In the meantime, the department has also mandated Covid-19 tests for teaching and non-teaching staff in private, aided and government degree colleges that come under the ambit of the state education department. Personnel in the office of the joint director have also been asked to undergo the test.The official said there is no confirmation whether students will be subject to it before commencement of offline classes. Meanwhile, AICTE has allowed engineering colleges to start the academic session from December 1. It was earlier scheduled for November 1.AICTE has also extended admission deadlines for first-year courses in engineering colleges to November 30. This is owing to “prolonged emergent conditions and requests from state governments and ongoing admission processes of IITs and NITs”.


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  • Syeda

    I too want the colleges to reopen again as students can gain practical knowledge when they are in the campus not in front of the camera.But on the other hand courses like Pre-Primary
    2 months ago reply
  • Govardhan

    reopening of colleges or universities is the only way to get students mind to get free and concentration on is not the best way to listen in online is tooo boring and many technical issues are us.. i m begging an indian goverment to reopen universities and colleges soon.. try to understand students mind.. parents are caring about our health. but we will have our own worries.. plzz try to understand students eagerly waiting for reopening of colleges..
    2 months ago reply
  • Shreya Katiyar

    in favor of reopening of colleges. online is doing no justice with the youth
    2 months ago reply
  • Vaishnavi Sharma

    I really want colleges to open by next month. Online classes are doing no good. It's very difficult to sit in front of a screen for 14 hours a day. We are doing everything online. Also being a Physics student learn the subject without any practicals is just impossible for me. i am praying the colleges open asap
    3 months ago reply
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