Deputy Chief Minister informed that the First year and second year students of degree, post graduation, diploma and engineering will commence with offline classes in Karnataka after the Sankranti festival that will be on January 14. The vice chancellors have been instructed to submit reports that would help determine the exact date of reopening.
A video conference with vice-chancellors of government and private universities, senior officials of several departments including higher education was what led to this decision. All vice-chancellors who attended the meeting were of the opinion that permission to conduct offline classes must be given by the government.
The minister also mentioned that offline classes for students of final year have already begun with offline classes and it is successfully going on. Thus, the decision to reopen classes while following UGC and Covid guidelines for the rest of the students has been decided.
The minister also mentioned that there is still a difference of opinion over issuing bus passes to students and discussions are being held with Transport minister, Laxman Savadi. Whether or not students will use their old passes is yet to be decided. Students of the SC/ST communities will be provided with hostel facilities after classes begin and the social welfare department was also in support of this decision.
Examinations for students of second Pre university will be conducted in the second week of May and the time table for higher education will be made in accordance with the same. Most of the vice chancellors spoke in favour of conducting examinations offline and the government shall consider this with utmost importance.
UGC norms suggest that examinations for final year students should be in March. However, several universities have not completed their syllabus and this the government is holding off exams till April or May.