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Colleges in Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts to commence academic year from November 1

Decision regarding reopening of colleges for offline classes will be taken as per the pandemic status in November

All Maharashtra colleges have been directed to commence their academic session from November 1, albeit digitally. On Monday, the State Higher and Technical Minister, Uday Samant, clarified that resumption of physical classes at educational institutes poses a high risk, especially with the impending fear of the third wave rise. The decision regarding the reopening of colleges for offline lectures will be taken as per the pandemic status in November.

State prefers double dose vaccination coverage for reopening colleges

The State Education Minister on Monday labelled the move of reopening colleges as 'big challenge", in wake of the present-day COVID situation. He also said that District Collectors will also be consulted before a final call is taken. The reports of the Disaster Management Committees will also be taken into account, suggested reports.

The minister highlighted that not all eligible beneficiaries attending colleges have received a vaccination jab and only a small percentage of 17-18% are fully inoculated as of now. The state could green flag the reopening of colleges when the targeted population gets vaccinated.

While the state's decision aims to foster defence against the spread of coronavirus, most students believe that one dose of the vaccine should be enough to resume colleges. Vivaan Rupani, a third-year student said, " We students are anyway lagging with respect to the regular academic calendar. Waiting for everyone to get the double dose will only add to this delay and this takes away our chance of living the campus life. While the market is open and movement of people is allowed anyway, colleges can too be reopened with precautions."

No discrimination against the COVID graduated batch

The Education Ministry has also ordained placement companies to not discriminate between students assessed during the pandemic and otherwise. The state government will file FIRs against ventures and industries that refuse employment to candidates due to their vaccination status, the minister added.

Indore's dengue tally reaches the highest in 6 years with a total of 384 cases

Around 17 new dengue cases were reported in Indore in the past 24 hours.

Indore has reported the highest dengue cases in 6 years. As per reports, around 17 fresh cases were recorded here in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 384 cases. According to the health department, around nine males and eight females contributed to the day's dengue count, marking the rise of an endemic in the city.

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UP to soon get a new 200-acre-wide data centre park

The new data centre will come up in Noida's Sector-28

In a bid to cultivate Uttar Pradesh's commercial landscape, the state administration has planned to develop data centre park in Noida. This structure will reportedly spread over 200 acres of land at Sector 28 of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority and attract investments from IT industry giants in India and abroad. The plan is expected to roll out by the end of August.

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