Mumbai: Maharashtra government has allowed universities and colleges in the state to open up from Thursday (October 15) for science and technology research scholars and post-graduate students for their laboratory and experimental work.
According to a new set of guidelines issued by the government for Covid-19 pandemic, the educational institutes will continue to remain closed for students and regular activities till October 30, except for PhD and PG science practicals. The state has also allowed skill and entrepreneurial training at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and other centres as well as re-opening of all libraries.
In its guidelines, the state has said that the head of departments at centrally funded institutes will have to satisfy themselves that there is a ‘genuine requirement’ for the laboratory work. The state’s Directorate of Higher Education (DHE) will grant permission to other colleges and universities after assessing the pandemic situation in various distrcits.
The state has permitted all the government and private libraries to function from Thursday while following Covid-19 protocols of sanitisation and social distancing. The state’s higher and technical education department will issue a standard operating procedure (SOP) for opening up libraries as well as educational institutes.
According to guidelines, online and distance learning will be continued at all education institutes. Schools outside containment zones have been allowed to have up to 50% of their teaching and non-teaching staff for online teaching and tele-counseling.