Colleges in Karnataka reopen to lukewarm response
Bangalore: Several colleges in Karnataka reopened on Tuesday with Covid-19 protocols in place, after remaining shut for eight months due to the pandemic but the attendance was thin.
The state government had ordered reopening of colleges and resumption of offline or regular classes from November 17, stipulating conditions including production of a negative RT-PCR test report.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, who holds the higher education portfolio, had told reporters earlier that regular classes were necessary as the online classes would not suffice and students would miss out many lessons in the absence of good internet connectivity, lack of proper gadgets and the requirement for practical classes.
However, there was thin attendance in colleges, sources said.
The government had said a negative RT-PCR test report confirming no coronavirus infection was mandatory for the teachers, administration, staff and students.
Students will also have to submit a no-objection certificate by their parents, permitting their wards to attend regular classes.