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Karnataka to reopen colleges from October, online classes to begin soon

Even though the Central government has not decided any particular date for reopening of schools and colleges across the country, the Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to reopen colleges across the state from October 1. However, the state education department said it is waiting for the guidelines from the Central government on conducting offline classes. Ahead of the reopening of colleges, the state government said the preparations related to covid-19 safety measures are underway as per the available guidelines.

According to Narayan, the state government has already made comprehensive preparations for starting offline classes following the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The state government will additionally follow the directions from the central government as they come, he added. The state government had also conducted the SSLC board examination and the pre-university examinations.

In a series of tweets, the minister said, “We have decided to use the online medium to get the ball rolling on all academic activities from next month as we will need to conduct a few degree exams in September.” Even as he gave a timeline for resumption of classes, the minister, however, cautioned that the state was also awaiting detailed guidelines from the Centre regarding the resumption of offline classes and said the state would follow any additional directions that may come from them.

Asserting that the Karnataka government was working with the sole intent of ensuring a bright future for students, Ashwathnarayan said, “Once the academic year begins, final year exams will be scheduled for all undergraduate, diploma and engineering students. Backlog exams will also be conducted accordingly.” If the government goes ahead with the plan, the state is likely to be the first in the country to reopen in-class and in-person coaching. Usually, the academic year for colleges in the state starts from June but this year, it has been delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Additionally, exams for those students who hold backlogs will also be conducted. These decisions have been taken in the sole interest of the students to ensure their bright future.”

Regarding NEET, Narayan said, “The state government has successfully conducted the CET for more than 1.94 lakh students.In addition, 63 COVID positive students have also achieved good ranks by confidently taking the exam. When the reality is so conducive, I do not understand why people are opposing the NEET from being conducted.”

“I would like to advise all of them that they should not play with the future of the children. I suspect that there is something fishy about the issue. Maybe certain invisible groups want seats allocated through an opaque ‘system’ rather than on the basis of merit,” he said.

“Some vested interests have been trying to disrupt NEET since the beginning. There is a huge ecosystem behind it with efforts going on for many years now. However, their objectives will remain unfulfilled,” he added.

He emphasised that NEET needs to be conducted as it is a well-structured exam that allows students to take up admissions throughout the country with just one test.

There is malice involved in the widespread opposition to NEET but the state government is prepared for the test and will conduct it smoothly, he said.

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