Colleges in Ahmedabad, Gujarat will be reopening from today onwards, according to media reports. The colleges in the city have remained closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-9 pandemic and subsequent lockdown announced across the country.
According to reports, the first few days of reopening are to have at least 35 percent of students in the colleges and increase over the next few weeks with the vaccination being rolled out across the country. Many of the state universities opened last week following the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the state government. The colleges were reopened in the middle of the semester examinations. With the examinations concluding in the college classes will be resuming from today - January 18, 2021, onwards.
Himanshu Pandya Gujarat University Vice-Chancellor stated that the examinations concluded on Saturday which is why the colleges around Ahmedabad will be reopening from Monday. He further added that a 35 percent attendance of students is expected on the first day of re-opening and it is expected that the attendance will jump back to normal by the end of the month at Gujarat University.
Classes in phases for remaining students
Dr Anup K Singh, director general, Nirma University added that the decision to reopen the colleges was taken after the state government decided to re-open the colleges following the long break which was imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release issued only the final year students from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes were initially considered to return for the on-campus classes.
The on-campus classes for the students from other batches will begin in phases according to the university director-general. All the necessary precautionary measures have been taken by the university keeping in mind the SOPs.
Attendance voluntary for students
Attendance for the students will be completely voluntary and arrangements have also been made for accomodating the outstation students in hostels along with providing mess facilities to the students.
General Secretary of Gujarat Rajya College Acharya Mahamandal - SN Iyer stated that the COVID-19 vaccination drive has come as a relief to the educational institutions to reopen for the academic year. He further added that the students are bored with staying within confinement and since people venture out in public places it is natural for colleges to think of commencing the classes for the students.