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BIG NEWS: Maharashtra Colleges to be closed till Feb 15, online classes to continue – Education Minister Uday Samant

In the light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases, Maharashtra colleges and universities will be closed for offline classes and other activities, State Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant announced on Wednesday. This rule will be implemented in all educational institutes immediately. Samant further added that the colleges and universities would remain closed till February 15, 2022.

He also said that the exams will be conducted online. University dormitories/hostels will also be closed during this shutdown. This decision was taken after a review meeting yesterday that had all the ministers including Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.

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Guidelines

  • As per the guidelines, the decision is for all non-agricultural universities and private universities and colleges in the state.
  • Hostels will be closed, however, in the case of foreign students, they will be allowed to stay in the hostel and all their necessities will be taken care of.
  • All exams during this period will be conducted online and in case any student is not able to take the exam online, the college will help them so that their year is not affected.
  • All educational institutes are requested to start a student helpline to help them in this difficult time for any query or problem.
  • Only 50% of the non-teaching and teaching staff is allowed to the educational institutes.
  • The order also stated that vaccination of all students and faculty members should be done as soon as possible. In case someone is not vaccinated, the information has to be shared with the authorities.

Just when everything was opening up, everything is going back to how it was. Some reports suggest that a mini lockdown like the situation might happen soon in Maharashtra.

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The meeting was held with vice-chancellors of non-agricultural universities and officials of the education department. The online meeting was attended by 33 District Collectors, 6 Divisional Commissioners and 13 Vice-Chancellors.

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