The government of Maharashtra will announce the final decision regarding the reopening of colleges in the state by January 20, as per reports
Maharashtra Higher Education Minister Uday Samant has recently announced that the colleges in the state will reopen soon and the final decision regarding the same will be announced by the government by January 20, 2021.
As per his statement, the colleges will initially reopen with just 50 percent attendance in classes. The minister talked about the reopening of educational institutes during a meeting with college principals and other stakeholders.
My ministry is mulling over reopening colleges with 50 percent capacity as a first step. I will discuss the issue with the Chief Minister and other stakeholders so that an official announcement can be made by January 20
The state education minister further said that the ministry has initiated a review of the current status of colleges, availability of students along with the recruitment procedure for several vacant posts of teaching staff at state-run and state-aided colleges.
Schools Reopening in Maharashtra
All educational institutes, including schools and colleges, have been shut in Maharashtra since March 2020 due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some schools and junior colleges were reopened for Classes 9 to 12 in parts of the state earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Mr. Samant said a 12-member committee has been set up under the chairmanship of noted musician Hridaynath Mangeshkar to draft a proposal for an international-standard music college in Mumbai.
The schools and colleges across the country are reopening with several Covid-19 safety guidelines in place, such as the usage of masks and sanitizers on institute premises, strict social distancing, and staggered schedules for classes.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had given permission to reopen schools and colleges in the country, as per the decision of the respective state governments, in 2020. Many states have decided to reopen their educational institutes from January 2021.
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