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Colleges And Universities In Maharashtra To Reopen From Feb; 75 % Compulsory Attendance Rule Waived Off

The rule of minimum attendance of 75% will be waived off for this year and all hostels may not reopen from February 15 as some of them are being used as quarantine centers.

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Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant on Wednesday announced that universities and colleges will reopen in the state from February 15 onwards with 50 percent of the total capacity.

According to the authority, for college students, the rule of minimum attendance of 75% will be waived off for this year and all hostels may not reopen from February 15 as some of them are being used as quarantine centers. This comes in a view of the global pandemic.

The Schools and Colleges in the state have been shut since March 2020 in the backdrop of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Earlier, Samant had said that the government would soon announce its decision regarding the reopening of colleges in the state in a day or two.

Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray was expected to sign off on the date for colleges reopening after the discussion conducted on February 1 with the Vice Chancellors.

The government will soon issue a list of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to all colleges and universities in the state for reopening. Samant also stated that the colleges will have to strictly followed the standard operating procedure (SOPs) with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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