Grant Permission To Reopen Colleges, 20 Vice-Chancellors Request Maharashtra Governor

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Pune, January 30, 2021: Vice-chancellors from 20 universities in Maharashtra made a unanimous demand for the reopening of the colleges. The demand was addressed in a video conference meeting organized on Friday (29th January) between the governor of Maharashtra and the VCs.

The meeting was organized to discuss the new academic calendar of the universities for 2020-21. In this meeting, the VC’s said that they are willing to start colleges as early as February 1 if given permission. They have also demanded to fill-up vacant statuary posts of universities.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has asked the Department of Higher and Technical Education to grant permission to universities to fill up all vacant statutory positions in universities, such as registrar, deans of faculty, and director, as early as possible.

Speaking about the permission for reopening of colleges, the governor said,” At a time when the pandemic is under control, universities should explore the possibility of opening classes in shifts. Also, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has laid out the procedure for opening of the colleges.”

He also said that it is ironic that while classes from Standard 5 are being reopened, universities and colleges have not commenced classroom teaching yet. Universities and colleges have started the academic year and online classes, and permission for the reopening of hostels and colleges should be given as early as possible.