Every Covid precaution in place, assures DCM Ashwath Narayan
Physical classes for all the remaining grades of degree, post-graduate, engineering and diploma courses will resume on January 15, Deputy Chief Minister and Higher Education Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan announced on Monday.
Speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting with officials of several departments, Dr Narayan noted that offline classes for final-year students of all courses had commenced on November 17 and have been running successfully. There was a demand to restart classes for the remaining grades also, and the decision had been taken in the best interest of the students, he said.
Hostels, bus passes
Hostels for the students will be opened simultaneously and the bus pass facility will be provided. All precautionary measures, including Covid tests in colleges, sanitization and maintaining social distancing were in place, the DCM said.
ಜನವರಿ 15 ರಿಂದ ಪದವಿ, ಸ್ನಾತಕೋತ್ತರ ತರಗತಿಗಳ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಕ್ಕೆ ಸಮಾಲೋಚನೆ ನಡೆಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.— Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N. (@drashwathcn) January 11, 2021
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“Arrangements have been made to enable disbursal of student bus passes in an expeditious manner and the Transport Department has agreed to this. Colleges are directed to contact officials of the bus depot in their limits with regard to bus passes,” he said.
NCC and NSS training in colleges will also resume. NCC exams need to be conducted and to enable this, a 3-day camp for the B-Certificate exam and a 5 day-camp for the C-Certificate exam will be organised.
The Department of Social Welfare and Backward Classes has been asked to frame an SOP for hostels, while SOPs for the library, canteen, academic and cultural activities, and sports meets have also been framed, the DCM said.
Offline exam time-table
Dr Narayan said offline exams would be conducted on a common date, to be announced shortly, after consultations with all the Vice-Chancellors of state-run and private universities.
Kumar Naik, ACS, Department of Higher Education, Jawaid Akthar, ACS, Department of Health, Rashmi Mahesh, Principal Secretary, Department of Backward Classes, P Pradeep, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate Education, Ravikumar Surapur, Commissioner, Department of Social Welfare, Vasantha Kumar, Commissioner, Department of Backward Classes, and other senior officials attended the meeting with the Higher Education Minister.