Karnataka Government has decided to reopen the degree colleges from November 17. But students who are interested opt in for online classes can continue with the same. But the students would need parental consent to attend classes physically. The colleges include all the engineering, diploma, and degree colleges. The decision was finalised by BS Yediyurappa and DCM Ashwath Narayan.

A meeting was headed by Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa, and attended by ministers and senior officials. Students have the option of attending class physically or online, with parental consent needed for the former. The number of batches in each college would be decided depending on the number of students opting for physical classes.

Karnataka CM, BS Yediyurappa

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, Ashwath Narayan said, “We presented to the Chief Minister the preparations made for opening colleges and asked for a suitable date. And November 17th, after Deepavali, we are opening colleges for students who want to attend classes. Moreover it is optional. This has been a demand of the students as it is their future.”

He said according to UGC guidelines, online classes had already begun in October. Additionally reopening campuses in November was left to the states based on their respective situations.

All the measures should be taken in the colleges. Each institution will have a task force to make sure the procedures are followed.The active cases in Karnataka is less than 1-lakh in Karnataka. Moreover number of active cases as of Thursday stood at 92,927. With over 10,700 deaths recorded in the state.

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