Colleges in Karnataka to reopen from November 17 onwards, online classes optional

Bengaluru : The Karnataka government has announced that the colleges in the state can reopen from November 17 onwards. This includes engineering, diploma, and degree colleges. The decision was taken in a meeting headed by Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa, and attended by ministers and senior officials.  

Meanwhile, students will be allowed to attend online classes and physical attendance will be required only after parents’ consent. The number of batches in each college would be decided depending on the number of students opting for physical classes.  

“November 17th, after Deepavali, we are opening colleges for students who want to attend classes. It is optional…This has been a demand of the students as it is their future,” Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Ashwath Narayan, said today.

As per UGC guidelines, the online classes had already begun in October. “We presented to the Chief Minister the preparations made for opening colleges and asked for a suitable date,” Dr Narayan said. All the necessary SOPs would be followed in the colleges and hostels, he said. Each institution will have a task force to make sure the procedures are followed.  

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