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States like Uttarakhand and Rajasthan governments have decided to reopen colleges from September 1. Check here for the latest updates on college reopening.


College reopening in India

NEW DELHI: As the number of COVID-19 cases is consistently declining, several state governments have started preparing to reopen colleges. With the onset of the pandemic, schools, colleges, and other educational institutions have remained shut since last year. College reopening was further delayed due to the second wave of Covid-19.

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On Pune colleges reopening for physical classes, the Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said talks are going on about allowing fully vaccinated students and staff to begin offline classes in limited numbers following all Covid-19 protocols, according to Time of India report

The Uttarakhand government has announced plans to reopen colleges and start offline classes from September 1. The government has also issued SOPs and guidelines to be followed by colleges reopening in the state. The Rajasthan government is also planning to reopen the colleges starting from September 1, as per the India Today report. While Karnataka has announced to resume the pre-university classes from August 23.

Even as uncertainty prevails over the reopening of colleges, states have started the admissions process for the new academic year.

As some states are planning to reopen colleges and universities with limited capacity, others have decided to resume the physical classes after the complete vaccination of the students and college staff. States like Punjab and Chandigarh have already reopened the colleges for those students who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Delhi University earlier announced to reopen the Delhi University colleges for science streams students. However, the university cancelled its move later stating that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority is yet to allow in-person classes on campuses.

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Get the latest updates and announcements about the reopening of universities in Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala and Pune colleges here.

Aug. 22, 2021 | 06:50 PM IST

A Twitter user said: ” Without education, there will be no bright future for our country….we can never achieve status of developed country….please reopen Delhi university…we are vaccinated…we will follow all rules…please open St Stephens college #reopendu #delhiuniversity”

Aug. 22, 2021 | 06:34 PM IST

#reopendu

Students organize a twitter campaign for reopening all colleges of DU. A twitter user said: “#reopendu. Students of Delhi University are facing problems. We have not even see our colleges. Now thing is normal, open du”

Aug. 22, 2021 | 06:11 PM IST

Students urge the Minister of Education to reopen colleges in Delhi as Covid-19 cases now less than 25 per day.  A Twitter user said: “Please reopen the college and university now covid cases are below 20 , we have supported you in that time now it is time for you to support us @EduMinOfIndia @ArwindKejriwal @DDMA_Delhi”

Aug. 22, 2021 | 05:48 PM IST

Why not open colleges in Delhi

Replying to the Lieutenant Governor’s tweet on Rakhsha Bandhan a twitter user said: Sir please reopen Delhi University, as we are fully vaccinated. While all other activities have started in Delhi, why are our colleges still closed. Why are you playing with our future, please reopen Delhi University.

Aug. 22, 2021 | 05:28 PM IST

Reopen colleges in Maharashtra, conduct CET exams

Students ask the Maharashtra government to conduct Common Entrance Test (CET) and reopen colleges for admission. A twitter user said: “Until next Maharashtra elections, i would like to appeal to @HMOIndia @PMOIndia to take consideration of students urge for COLLEGE REOPEN and exam dates, as state ministers are failing to maintain the pride of their position and choose to serve their party first”

 

Aug. 22, 2021 | 04:56 PM IST

Colleges reopen in Tamil Nadu including polytechnic colleges: Report

As per The Hindu report, Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced relaxations from the lockdown on account of COVID-19 cases declining in the state. Schools for classes 9 to 12 and all colleges including polytechnics to function from September 1 on a shift basis.

Aug. 22, 2021 | 04:37 PM IST
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All engineering colleges and vocational education institutions in Uttarakhand will reopen on August 23.

According to India Today report, All engineering colleges and vocational education institutions affiliated to Veer Madho Singh Bhandari Uttarakhand Technological University will open from August 23 for offline studies. Uttarakhand, has started preparations to open degree colleges along with technical educational institutions. Protecting students and staff against Covid-19  will be a priority.  At the same time, orders have been issued to reopen the state universities and degree colleges related to higher education from September 1.  

Aug. 22, 2021 | 02:03 PM IST

Students emphasize on the effects of online classes on mental health, asks government to reopen colleges in Delhi. A twitter user said: “@ArvindKejriwal @msisodia sir please reopen colleges in Delhi. 🙏 Sir please. Online classes are affecting our mind and eyes. Sir there is lack of communication and understanding between teacher and students. 🙏Sir please its a humble request, please reopen colleges. Don’t ruin students.”

Aug. 22, 2021 | 01:29 PM IST

Reopen colleges in DELHI, conduct exams offline

Students urge the education minister Manish Sisodia to reopen colleges and conduct the exams offline. A twitter user said: “It’s my earnest request to @Dir_Education  @Minister_Edu to please reopen the colleges in Delhi and conduct exams in offline mode.”

Aug. 22, 2021 | 01:13 PM IST

A Twitter user said: “@rashtrapatibhvn sir students of @UnivofDelhi are sitting at homes since 18months patiently waiting but even when covid dips our administration is not opening colleges, vaccination is going at a rapid rate, delhi ncr is 60%+ vaccinated, students are in depression please reopen du”

Aug. 22, 2021 | 01:05 PM IST

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia back in July had asked for feedback on reopening of schools from parents on Twitter, that he would like their suggestions on the matter. A mega parent-teacher meeting (PTM) was held between July 19 and 31 in government schools, after which Sisodia reportedly told DDMA that at least 90% of the parents who attended PTM at government schools, had voted in favour of reopening of schools in Delhi. 

Aug. 22, 2021 | 12:33 PM IST

What will be included in the DDMA report on reopening colleges in Delhi

As per the HT report official from DDMA said, “In its report, the committee will be chalking out a detailed plan comprising standard operating procedures (SOPs), assessment of the ability of schools to implement such SOPs and plan for vaccination of teachers and staff; and address concerns of parents of the students. A decision on reopening will be taken thereafter.”

Aug. 22, 2021 | 12:12 PM IST

DDMA panel to file report for colleges reopening in Delhi on August 25

On August 25 a panel of Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s (DDMA) will file a report on the strategy for reopening schools, colleges and educational institutions in Delhi to the offices of chief minister and Lieutenant Governor. The government then will take a call in the matter, a senior government official said on Saturday, according to the Hindustan Times report.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 10:49 PM IST

When will Delhi college reopen?

Students are eagerly waiting for college reopening in Delhi. A Twitter user said: “ABVPDelhi, itandonabhishek, SidharthYadavIN, iAkshitDahiya, DUSUofficial Please update if you’re going absolutely anything because you told us if colleges didn’t reopen there will be big protests from 16. It’s 5 days past and no activity. Nothing at all. #reopendu”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 10:01 PM IST

Tamil Nadu colleges reopen: Students happy about college reopening

According to various reports, Tamil Nadu will reopen colleges from September 1 across the state. Students are sharing their joy on social media.

A Twitter user said: ” Finally college re-open the eagerly wait is over, but never forgot that covid is not going anywhere. Sep 1st “porom, college porom, poye aagarom” #TNLockdown #collegereopen #college”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 09:24 PM IST

College reopen in Maharashtra: Students demand college reopening

A Twitter user said: “Until next Maharashtra elections, I would like to appeal to HMOIndia, PMOIndia to take consideration of students urge for COLLEGE REOPEN and exam dates, as state ministers are failing to maintain the pride of their position and choose to serve their party first.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 08:56 PM IST

Are colleges reopening in Tamil Nadu?

Another Twitter user tweeted: ” Class 9 to 12) & colleges to reopen from Sept 1. Theatres to reopen with 50% occupancy from August 23. IT Companies are allowed to function with 100% staff. Inter-state public bus transport to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka will be permitted. #TNLockdown”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 07:54 PM IST

Engineering college reopen date: TN to reopen colleges on September 1

According to the Times of India report, all engineering and other colleges will reopen on September 1 with covid-19 protocols. 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 07:51 PM IST

Another Twitter user said: “The wait is over #collegereopen #TamilNadu students are excited for the first time for educational institutions’s reopening after covid cases down in TN. But never forget that covid is not going anywhere. Do follow the protocol to fight against #COVID19  #TNunlock #TNLockdown”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 07:10 PM IST
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A Twitter user said: “#CinemaTheatre reopen on August 23 FireSmiling face with heart-shaped eyes   50% daily 3 Show allowed. School & College open on September 1 ✌🏻 #theaters #TamilNadu”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 07:00 PM IST

When will colleges reopen in Tamil Nadu?

According to The New Indian Express report, all colleges will reopen in Tamil Nadu from September 1. Apart from that, the government has also allowed reopening of cinema theatres in the state. 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 06:57 PM IST

TN college reopen date 2021 is September 1, says report

Another Twitter user said: “TN allows colleges to reopen physical classes from September 1. The government also announced that it wd consider reopening for classes 1 to 8 after September 15. It also confirmed schools will reopen for classes 9 to 12 from September 1 as announced @timesofindia @TOIChennai”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 06:53 PM IST

TN college reopen: Colleges to reopen on September 1, says report

A Twitter user tweeted: “Tamil Nadu: Colleges set to reopen from September 1. Important instructions given. Read below.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 06:48 PM IST

What is the college reopen date in Tamil Nadu 2021?

According to a Twitter user, reopening of colleges in Tamil Nadu will be on September 1. 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 06:44 PM IST

Check college reopen in Tamil Nadu recent news today

A Twitter user said: “Tamil Nadu govt has announced that Classes for 9, 10, 11 and 12 students will reopen on a rotational basis from Sept 1. All colleges to reopen from Sept 1 as well #TNUnlock. Theaters to reopen with 50% occupancy from August 23 #TNLockdown #BREAKING”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 06:08 PM IST

When will college reopen in Tamil Nadu?

According to The Hindu report, Tamil Nadu has reopened government medical colleges in the state on August 16. Almost, 90% of the students returned to the campuses, the report said. Students were asked to show RT-PCR test report taken under 48 hours of joining the college. 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 05:36 PM IST

Students demand college reopen date

A Twitter user said: “Reopen our college…it’s high time now…at least give us date when will you reopen our college please don’t ruin our future reopen our college please #reopencollege #reopen_ug_college @DrRPNishank @aajtak @ndtv @republic @EduMinOfIndia @PMOIndia @AmitShah #reopen_ug_college”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 05:33 PM IST

Students demand college reopening in Tamil Nadu

A Twitter user demanded college reopening in Tamil Nadu and said: Dear mkstalin Before Upcoming Covid Waves Please let a Chance For College students to attend Physical Classes. Take it into consideration. So Reopen as soon as possible. Hoping A Positive Outlook From August 23  #collegereopen #tamilnadu #tn #schoolreopen”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 05:05 PM IST

Another Twitter user demanded Delhi college reopening and said, “Put Tax on offline college mode. So that college can be reopened as every other thing. We will play more for our future if that is what it takes. Every other things is already open so put Tax on offline college and reopen it please. #dureopen #delhiuniversity #speakuodu.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 04:54 PM IST

College reopen news: Students demand college reopening

A Twitter user asked to reopen BHU and said: The repcursions will be severe if central universities still deny to reopen the colleges.If this continues,we would observe a huge population of unskilled graduates in upcoming years.Civil engineers who have never seen how cement looks like DeanScienceBHU #reopenbhu #Reopenbhu.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 04:24 PM IST

When will college reopen in Delhi?

A Twitter user asked Delhi government to reopen DU and said: Please reopen University of Delhi…We r entered in 2nd Year but we r far from seeing our college..We r far from a quality education..There is no any personality development in online classes…”.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 03:22 PM IST

Rajasthan to reopen college from September 1: Report

According to a Times of India report, Rajasthan government has decided to reopen colleges, universities and schools from September 1 with 50% capacity. The government has also allowed to open coaching and other educational institutes on the same date. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after considering a report sent by the ministerial committee, the report said. 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 03:10 PM IST

Have states announced college reopen date?

Uttarakhand has announced its college reopening date to be September 1, as per the New Indian Express report.  Other states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi are considering to finalise college reopen dates soon. 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 02:53 PM IST
Aug. 21, 2021 | 02:47 PM IST

Maharashtra college reopen: Government considering decision, says report

According to The New Indian Express, the state government is deciding on reopening Maharashtra colleges by allowing students and staff who are fully vaccinated. Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said talks are going on about allowing fully vaccinated students and staff to begin offline classes in limited numbers following all Covid-19 protocols.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 02:41 PM IST

Students sign petition to reopen colleges in Maharashtra

A Twitter user said, “Maharashtra students started a petition to reopen college and start vaccination for students.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 01:27 PM IST
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Another student of Banaras Hindu University, in a tweet, said, “As a science student, practicals make up for 50% of our course, but our institution has shown no interest in reopening our college since its our futures at line. They are reaping in the benfits of salary without even working.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 01:19 PM IST

When will Delhi colleges reopen?

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia asked parents, students and teachers to send suggestion regarding reopening of schools a month ago. A students, tagging Manish Sisodia and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, asked “Sir a month ago you have asked for our suggestions regarding reopening of school and colleges of Delhi. So when you gonna reach to a conclusion, will it take you a decade?”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 01:14 PM IST

Tagging the Banaras Hindu University, a Twitter user said, “Elections are being held, farmers protest is going on, theatres to open, everything returning back to track, except reopening of colleges. This scenario is enough to judge where  our new India is heading towards, how much authorities really care about education.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 01:11 PM IST

‘Elders Vaccinated, Children Risked?’

A Twitter user said that the schools should be reopened only after all children are vaccinated. “Do not repeat blunder again of Reopening Schools Colleges. Elders Vaccinated, Children Risked?” 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 01:05 PM IST

The National Institute For Communicable Diseases Of South Africa said, “An increase in weekly incidence of new cases among individuals younger than 20 years has been reported by different provinces. This could be explained by clusters reported from schools, following reopening of schools in week 30 and 31 of 2021.”

Aug. 21, 2021 | 01:01 PM IST

Ensure student’s safety and not let them suffer: Karnataka Congress president

Karnataka Congress unit President DK Shivkumar said, “Even as Govt has decided to reopen schools for Classes 9-12, the health of our students should be our top priority. They should ensure to make all necessary arrangements for student’s safety and not let them suffer due to the lack of planning as we witnessed during the 2nd wave.” 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:58 PM IST

Delhi student in SC for quick decision on reopening schools

Stating that the poor families are unable to afford expensive virtual education, a Delhi student in his petition said, “Issue a writ, order or direction, directing respondents (Centre and States) to consider and take a time-bound decision in regard to the physical re-opening of schools in their respective areas, and conduct of offline teaching, which forms subject matter of the present petition,” according to The Hindu report.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:51 PM IST

When will colleges reopen in India?

While states like Uttarakhand and Rajasthan have decided to reopen colleges from September 1, the decision of several other states are awaited. States like Punjab and Chandigarh have already reopened the colleges for those students who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Tamil Nadu has also announced to reopen medical colleges from September 1 .

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:45 PM IST

‘Why not resume schools and colleges?’

Students in Kolkata, Jadavpur and Presidency University are attending classes on the streets to protest against the prolonged closure of college, TOI reported. Last week, a Delhi student moved Supreme Court, seeking a time-bound decision about reopening of schools. College students, especially those studying subjects that involve fieldwork, feel their careers are at stake. 

The report quoted a mother as saying: “There is no restrictions against taking kids to restaurants and malls then what’s the problem with schools?” Schools should conduct vaccination drives for children above 14 years and resume offline class.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:29 PM IST

Will colleges reopen in Delhi soon?

The All India Students’ Association (AISA) on August 17 launched a campaign demanding the reopening of Delhi University campuses. The students’ body also said the university should arrange for facilities to get students vaccinated on campus, The Hindu reported.

Delhi University earlier announced to reopen the colleges for science streams students. However, the university cancelled its move later stating that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority is yet to allow in-person classes on campuses.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:25 PM IST

Tamil Nadu to reopen college from September 1

The Tamil Nadu government has released standard operating procedures (SOPs) for reopening schools for Classes 9 to 12. Schools for Class 9 to 12, and medical colleges will reopen from September 1. 50% of students will be accommodated in a class, NDTV reported.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:10 PM IST

While teachers and students remain apprehensive of the possible third wave of COVID-19 in the country, many states are mulling over reopening of educational institutions. Some state governments have also started issuing SOPs for resuming classes with limited capacity.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:06 PM IST

As some states are planning to reopen colleges and universities with limited capacity, states like Punjab and Chandigarh have already reopened the colleges for those students who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 12:00 PM IST

‘Maharashtra colleges can be allowed to conduct offline classes’

“Colleges can be allowed to reopen for students who are aged above 18 and have taken both the vaccine doses. Teachers and non-teaching staff should also have been fully vaccinated. They can be allowed to hold offline classes by following social distancing norms,” Maharashtra deputy chief minister was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express

Aug. 21, 2021 | 11:41 AM IST

Karnataka permits offline classes from August 23

The Karnataka government has permitted offline classes from Monday (August 23). As per the standard operating procedure (SoP) issued by the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), pre-university (PU) colleges have been asked to divide students into separate batches for offline and online classes. “This rule will be applied primarily to PU colleges with a student strength exceeding 100,” a DPUE official told The Indian Express.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 11:35 AM IST

Right time to reopen colleges in Telangana: Health authorities

State health authorities on Wednesday said that the second wave has come to an end in Telangana and Covid-19 is in control. They also said that this is the right time to reopen schools and colleges, according to TOI report.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 11:28 AM IST

When will Pune colleges reopen?

About Maharashtra colleges reopening for physical classes, the deputy chief minister Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said talks are going on about allowing fully vaccinated students and staff to begin offline classes in limited numbers following all Covid-19 protocols, according to Time of India report. “A final decision about this too will be taken by the chief minister,” he said.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 11:13 AM IST

When will college reopen in Maharashtra?

Higher education minister Uday Samant said Maharashtra is considering to reopen colleges and universities in the state. Samant said that the state universities are discussing college reopening with the district collectors, however, there is a delay in the implementation of the decision due to the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19, according to The Indian Express report. The final decision will be taken in the next 15 days, the report added.

Aug. 21, 2021 | 11:11 AM IST
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Uttarakhand Govt to reopen colleges from September 1

The Uttarakhand Government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) ahead of reopening higher education institutions from September 1, as per a report from The New Indian Express. The government asked all higher education institutions to strictly follow Covid-19 protocols and ensure vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff. 

Aug. 21, 2021 | 11:06 AM IST

When will college reopen in Uttar Pradesh?

The Uttar Pradesh government had announced that it may reopen colleges in the state in the middle of August, as per a Hindustan Times report. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath said that preparations should be made to start new sessions in all educational institutions, even while keeping in mind the Covid-19 situation, according to the report. UP college admissions 2021 began on August 5.




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