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.