Karnataka to continue offline classes, exams at colleges amid second wave scare

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The Karnataka authorities Tuesday determined to continue lessons and to maintain examinations as scheduled in colleges and universities within the state amid the opportunity of a second wave of Covid-19 circumstances.

“Strict vigilance will be put in place to ensure strict adherence to SOPs while continuing the offline classes and examinations as per the timetable scheduled by the universities amid the possible outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic,” Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan stated.

He added that the choice can be relevant to all universities, colleges, polytechnic institutes, and all different instructional establishments which come beneath the Department of Higher Education. Also accountable for the Higher Education portfolio, Ashwathnarayan defined that attainable methods during which a second wave of the pandemic may impression tutorial actions had been additionally mentioned through the assembly. “Several matters with regard to conducting online and offline classes, higher semester exams, and lower semester exams were also discussed in detail,” he added.

At the identical time, officers confirmed that hostels that function beneath the aegis of the Department of Social Welfare and Backward Classes will continue functioning. “A request to the concerned Additional Chief Secretary will be submitted,” officers added.

Further, Ashwathnarayan, in a video statement requested college students and different stakeholders of the system not to pay heed to rumours relating to authorities choices, “Let me also humbly request our students to follow all Covid-19 norms,” he added.

Health and Medical Education Minister Okay Sudhakar had earlier sought a gathering convened by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa within the wake of some establishments just like the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) in Udupi reporting new coronavirus circumstances since final week.

Sudhakar had stated on Monday {that a} choice might be taken relating to instructional establishments after discussing with the CM. Meanwhile, with 72 extra Covid-19 circumstances reported from the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) on Monday, the cumulative caseload of the cluster rose to 371. Officials from the district administration stated that testing of all college students is predicted to be accomplished within the subsequent two days.

Other institutes within the state from which circumstances have been reported lately embrace Maharani Cluster University (Gandhinagar), Sambhram Academy of Management Studies (Bengaluru), Agragami College (Yelahanka, Bengaluru), and Manjushree Nursing College (Kadugondanagalli, Bengaluru). A paying visitor facility and a ladies hostel within the Karnataka capital have additionally been recognized as containment zones by the native civic physique the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.

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