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Degree College’s in Karnataka To Open Soon Says Deputy CM

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Bengaluru: Colleges will start after vaccination of students, teachers, and staff is completed, Deputy CM and Higher Education Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan said in Hubballi on July 12. The Karnataka government has not taken a decision on the reopening of colleges.

However, the department is making preparations for reopening, keeping in mind the fact that they may open once vaccination is complete, he said. “The process of reopening colleges and universities is fraught with challenges. However, how long can we go on like this? Life should be backtrack as soon as possible.

We have to take enough safety measures and aim at reopening colleges. In this regard, universal vaccination of all college students is the only way ahead,” he said. He denied allegations that the government had neglected its duty of vaccinating citizens.

“On the one hand, we are vaccinating people and, on the other hand, we are equipping hospitals to treat a larger number of patients. There are over 6,000 beds for COVID-19 patients in government hospitals. We are appointing over 2,000 doctors, paramedical staff, and Group D staff. All this will help us better manage the pandemic,”

The government is also considering issuing an order to make vaccination mandatory for students attending offline classes, the official said.

Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayana said no date has been decided for the re-opening of degree classes. “Currently, the focus is on vaccination of students aged above 18. The dates or opening degree classes will be decided later after consulting with all stakeholders,” he said

Narayana, who holds a higher education portfolio, said over 65% of students and staff of government and aided degree colleges have been vaccinated in the state until July 7. Of 4,90,799 students in all, 3,13,898 students have been vaccinated. Among staff, 85% — 24,875 out of 29,241 — have been jabbed. “The vaccination drive will be speeded up even further now,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bangalore University has vaccinated 76.4% of students and staff on its campus. While Bangalore University’s University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering has covered 79% of students and staff, the University Law College has vaccinated 78.3% and the University College of Physical Education has vaccinated 71.6%. Bangalore University V-C Prof KR Venugopal told TOI that 66% of hostel students have also been vaccinated. “We hope to vaccinate around 20% of students when the university reopens,” he said.

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