Colleges of the University of Patna to reopen on January 4 | Patna News


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PATNA: Even though the state government has yet to issue detailed guidelines for starting regular classroom education in colleges and universities, the University of Patna (PU) has started to make the necessary preparations. to start classes from January 4. The university has instructed its colleges and postgraduate departments to prepare for catering to offline classes by strictly adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health.
UP Vice-Chancellor GK Chaudhary told the newspaper on Sunday that the resumption of college courses was also linked to the reopening of hostels. PU will write a letter to the district administration on Monday asking for permission to open the hostels that have been closed since the third week of March this year. If the district administration allows, the PU will undertake the exercise to house its continuing students, he said.
The VC said that at present, classes for only Third Party (Honors) students would start with only 50% strength in a class. For example, a class of 60 students would be divided into two classes of 30 students each. New timetables for the different classes will also be communicated shortly.
At PU, however, the results of the 2020 Part II (Honors) exams have not yet been announced and, therefore, there is no third-year class at this time. The VC, however, claimed that Part II exam results would be released soon and successful students would be promoted to third year as soon as the university reopens after Christmas.
UP’s dean of student welfare, NK Jha, said a meeting of university officials was held on Saturday to discuss ways and means to start classes with due care. The proper disinfection of classrooms and the entire university campus, the organization of classes with social distancing, and the development of a new schedule for students were discussed at length. Foolproof arrangements for running undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the final year were also laid out at the meeting, he said.
Magadh Mahila College principal Shashi Sharma said she has made all arrangements to start classes from January 4. Since only the final year classes would be held at the moment, there would be no shortage of classrooms. Each class would be divided into two sections and would be held in two different classrooms. It is not necessary to call students every other day. The only problem is that a teacher would have to take two courses on the same subject. But that wouldn’t create a lot of problems because teachers won’t have a lot of workload right now, she said.
We can mention here that the UGC, in its directives issued in mid-November, had asked universities to resume classes at their convenience with all the preventive measures against the Covid 19 pandemic. Educational institutions can also request a written commitment to students wishing to attend classes, he said.

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