Mumbai University (MU) said that it will soon issue a circular to all colleges affiliated to it, based on a government proposal on reopening colleges.
The government has allowed students over the age of 18 to attend college from October 20, if they have been fully vaccinated. Those who have not been vaccinated can continue to attend online classes. The government has also asked their affiliated universities and colleges to arrange vaccination drives for students who have not been vaccinated. The government has allowed colleges to allow students 50 per cent or more of their capacity after taking permission from the local municipality.
“Based on the proposal of the Government, the University of Mumbai is considering the directions/guidelines to be issued to all the colleges to reopen the college for all students. We will soon issue a circular in this regard,” said Mumbai University PRO Liladhar Bansod. A total of 837 colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are affiliated to the University of Mumbai, one of the largest universities in the country. An MU official said the move would benefit many students who have been fully vaccinated.
CA Vidhyadhar Joshi, vice-principal of Vez-Kelkar College in Mulund (East), said, “We are waiting for the Mumbai University and BMC to issue circulars and guidelines, after which we will be able to decide on the further course of action. . Experimental work is going on for SYJC with 50% capacity in one batch.
BMC also seems to be preparing to vaccinate students to expedite the process of reopening colleges. Dr Gautam Bhansali, chief coordinator of all private hospitals for vaccination, said, “As of now, colleges have not approached us, but whenever they do, we will try our best to arrange free vaccination drives for all students.”
Student unions and unions have welcomed the decision, but said it is practically not possible to reopen colleges by October 20. “If free doses are provided to all colleges based on the number of students enrolled, it may be possible to reopen colleges within a few months. Siddharth Ingle, President of Maharashtra Students Union said.
“The online experience has been insensitive and unproductive. It is encouraging that the government wants to reopen colleges, but there is no clear action plan. For example, the administration lacks vaccination data, will it organize a vaccine campaign?” A student member of the Ambedkarite Students Association, TISS Mumbai said.