West Bengal State Education Minister Parth Chatterjee has stated that the state government does not have any plan to start the classes for the colleges and universities across the state immediately. The minister announced the decision as per conducted a virtual meeting with the Vice-Chancellors of the state universities. The minister further added that presently the campuses cannot be opened for students due to the ongoing pandemic.
The minister further added that the classes will continue to be conducted online for the students. The state higher education department has said that after considering the opinions from Vice-Chancellors the classes cannot be conducted on the campuses at present since the endemic still continues.
The state higher educational institutions have also been granted permission to extend the admission process for another 15 days for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. As per reports, the curriculum for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be reduced in the state after consultation with the university authorities respectively.
Replying to a question put forth regarding the first-year classes the state education minister added that the first semester will also be conducted online if the situation required. The government had earlier stated that it was thinking of starting classes for the students in the campuses in December depending on the pandemic situation.
School Reopening in Rajasthan
According to the latest reports, the Rajasthan state government has decided that the educational institutions in the states including the schools and colleges will be closed until December 30, 2020.
Other than Rajasthan, Mizoram State Board has also announced that the schools in the state will remain closed until December 31, 2020. The schools which began classes had later on shut down due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
Many of the state governments which had reopened the schools for the students went ahead and announced the closure of the schools with children and teachers contracting the virus. The central also state governments had issued guidelines for the reopening of the schools keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools and colleges in the state were closed since March 2020 when the nationwide lockdown was first announced by the central government.