After school, Maharashtra closed all non-agricultural universities, colleges – Times of India

MUMBAI: With Kovid-19 and its variant Omicron gripping Maharashtra, the state government has decided to close all non-agricultural, technical, considered or private universities and their affiliated colleges and student hostels till February 15, officials said here on Wednesday.

The move came after Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samanta held a virtual conference with the Divisional Commissioner, Collector and Vice-Chancellors of various non-agricultural universities.

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Samantha said that considering the safety and health aspects of the students, all the college and varsity classes have agreed to conduct the upcoming exams online as well.

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However, in some districts like Nanded, Jalgaon, and Nandurbar where there are connection problems, physical examination will be done.

All universities have been instructed to set up student helplines, and if students do not take the online test due to connection or power supply problems, they should be given another chance to write the test, the minister assured.

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Similarly, if a student fails to appear for an online test due to being infected with the Covid-19 or Omicron virus, or if their family members are infected, they will be given a new chance to take the test. So that they do not lose an academic year.

At the same time, the government has decided to close all student hostels within the university’s jurisdiction with advance notice, although international students will be allowed to stay there.

The move comes after colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and several other cities decided to close all schools in grades 1 to 9 and 11 from January 31 in view of the widespread spread of Covid-19. And the drive to vaccinate 15-18 year olds has been widely taken across the state.

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