Karnataka colleges to reopen on Nov 17

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New Delhi (NVI): The government of Karnataka today decided to reopen engineering, diploma and degree colleges from November 17, after remaining shut for over six months amid the pandemic.

The development was confirmed by the state’s Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan after his meeting with the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Taking to Twitter, Ashwath Narayan said, “Colleges in Karnataka will reopen for classes from November 17. This decision is an outcome of a review meeting held under the leadership of CM Yediyurappa. Reopening of all graduate, PG, diploma & engineering colleges was discussed with all concerned departments’ officials.”

In another tweet, the Minister said, “The classes will be held in a ‘blended’ manner with the option of attending classes either in-person or through online classes. Those who wish to attend the classes in-person will have to carry a consent letter from their parents.”

Narayan further informed that all safety measures shall be followed in accordance with UGC’s COVID-19 guidelines and a task force will be instituted at each district and college level to seamlessly implement the same.

So far, Karnataka had recorded more than 7.8 lakh COVID-19 cases, making it one of the worst-affected states in the country. The state had reported over 10,700 deaths due to the virus.