Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samand have said that the final decision on the opening of colleges in the state will be taken in a couple of days.
All schools and colleges in Maharashtra have been closed since last March due to the outbreak. Gradually all the schools and colleges are reopened as the outbreak is currently declining. In this situation, the Government has announced the opening of schools for classes 5 to 12 in the state in several phases. But schools are not yet allowed to open in Mumbai alone.
Universities have started offering online courses for the current year. But not yet decided on starting live classes. In this context, the Minister of Higher and Technical Education of the State of Maharashtra yesterday went to the Governor of the State BS Koshyari to consult them regarding the opening of colleges. The meeting was also attended by Vice-Chancellors of non-agricultural sections.
The Government of Maharashtra is soon to publish the standard safety rules to be followed in colleges. In this context, Savitribai Phule Pune University announced the reopening of the university two weeks ago. But the notice was withdrawn due to a notice issued by the Foreign Office. Today, Chief Minister Uttam Thackeray is scheduled to meet education officials to take decisions. Based on these results, the announcement regarding the reopening of colleges is expected to be made in a couple of days.