All students attending the offline classes must be fully vaccinated
In view of the gradually declining rate of fresh COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the govt on Tuesday announced the reopening of all colleges and universities from October 20. As per the order, colleges can hold offline lectures for over 50% of students who are fully vaccinated. Complete 2-dose inoculation is necessary for 100% teaching and non-teaching staff, the norms elaborated.
Colleges can explore the option of hosting a vaccination camp on the premises to achieve the goal. They can discuss such plans with the local administration, added reports.
College to follow a hybrid teaching model
While students are excited to attend college and return to a new normal, the principal and college staff are occupied with the concerns of COVID-19 precautions and preparations. Plans are underway to set up a hybrid teaching model that includes both online and offline sessions, given the restricted attendance norms.
As per reports, the Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister has directed all universities and colleges to offer online classes to all students who are unable to attend the physical lectures from October 20. Besides, the MU Winter Exams are scheduled around the same time, which may raise hurdles for a smooth shift.
"Opening of colleges was long due now. We were missing out on experiential learning and college life and as a student, I can't wait to go back to college after two years of online classes. We just have to see if the exam format will now change from online and offline, given the new development.", said Anushka Kapoor, a third-year college student from Mumbai. Reportedly, colleges in Mumbai will reopen after the BMC's final nod.