The Karnataka government announced on Friday that state colleges could reopen from 17 November. However, students can choose to attend classes on campus or online, the government has said.
On Friday, Higher Education Minister CN Ashwattanarayan explained that the decision on reopening the colleges was taken at a journal meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. Online classes at state colleges begun in September and some degree examinations were also performed.
From 17 November, Colleges in Karnataka will reopen for classes. The reopening of all undergraduate, PG, diploma, and engineering colleges were examined with all concerned department officials (in the review meeting), explained by the Ashwattanarayan, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister.
Classes will be conducted in a ‘mixed’ way, with students having the option of attending classes either in-person or via online classes. Those who wish to attend classes in person must bring a consent form from their parents.
All security measures will be followed as per the Covid-19 guidelines of UGC. He said that a task force would be formed at each district and college level.
The Karnataka government has been considering reopening the colleges which were closed in March due to the epidemic for a few months.
In the normal curriculum, colleges reopened between June and August for new academic cycles.
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The students have demanded that the colleges as well as hostels should be reopened as the students of the station will be hard-pressed to find a place to live.
Ashwattanarayana said that necessary arrangements would be made for the SC / ST, OBC community members as well as students residing in hostels of the Social Welfare Department. He said that transport arrangements will also be made for the smooth running of classes.
For the benefit of those studying in government colleges, Ashwattanarayana said that the Karnataka government will inaugurate the Learning Management System (LMS) portal on 17 November.
Travel restrictions prohibited students from returning to college campuses and hostels, which were discarded by the state government in August.