MUMBAI: A decision to re-open colleges in the state with 50% attendance will be taken by January 20, said higher and technical education minister Uday Samant on Saturday.
The department will take stock of the Covid-19 situation from district and ZP officials and take feedback on the condition of colleges and hostels in the state, which were used as quarantine centres, in 10 days.
The decision will be made known after consulting the CM, said Samant. He was speaking on a live social medial platform.
“Since fresh cases are dropping and a vaccine likely to be available soon, the state will seriously consider re-opening campuses. There will be fear among students and parents, but we will take all that into account while taking a final decision. A separate standard operating procedure can be prepared for the same,” Samant said.
Savitribai Phule Pune University had issued a circular announcing the re-opening of campuses from Monday, but it was withdrawn after the department issued the varsity a notice.
On complaints from law and polytechnic aspirants about technical issues in online admissions, Samant said the dates would be extended. The department approved around 260 teaching posts in colleges and some more in universities. Samant announced a committee under Hridaynath Mangeshkar to help set up an international music university.