The Karnataka government has decided to reopen colleges and diploma classes across the state from November 17. The action may put an end to the uncertainty surrounding the future of students. Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Ashwath Narayan, who was also Minister for Higher Education, was however quick enough to add that the reopening comes with certain conditions including that the students can opt for attending college or online class and parents should give their consent to send their wards to the institution.
Deputy CM said that since the last six months, educational institutions were shut in the state fearing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic and now reopen of only College and Diploma were allowed and decisions about reopen of Primary and High Schools are yet to be taken. He added that classes will be held in batches depending upon the number of students opting for attending Online class and Colleges. "Students are free to opt, there is no compulsion to attend Colleges and attendance is not compulsory. However, parents should give their consent in writing to send their wards".
He also said that the Colleges and Diploma courses will be held as per guidelines provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC), there is no question of going against because students welfare is very important and the State government has the responsibility of protecting the health of the students. His statement quote reads - "As I have already said earlier, classes will be held in batches in colleges depending upon the number of students opting and the batches will be held on a shift basis. Each district will form a Task Force to oversee the smooth running of classes. Learning portal will be launched for those who opt for attending online classes".