Pune: Students await final decision on reopening of colleges
Pune: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) discussed about the reopening of colleges in its management council meeting on Wednesday. But the final decision on the reopening of colleges was not made in the first meeting. The next meeting of the council will be held on January 4.
Though schools will resume from January 4, it seems that colleges will some more time to resume in Pune. After COVID-19 flattening its curve in Maharashtra and the city as well, the state government permitted to reopen the schools for classes 9 to 12. Now, there is rising demans to resume the colleges which are shut for over nine months amid lockdown.
Many issues were discussed during the meeting chaired on Wednesday. How students' health will taken care off, seating arrangement of students, lab practicals and other issues were discussed. It was also discussed that can colleges for final year students will be reopened first.
Meanwhile, the SPPU have already spoken with principals of various colleges for the resumption. On the other side, students who still are dealing with internet problems while online learning are waiting for colleges to reopen at least for practical work.
One of the engineering student who wished to remain unnamed said, "It's been over seven months now, we are waiting for the resumption of college. Being an engineering student, it is difficult to learn practical work via theory. To complete the projects, we are waiting for colleges to reopen.
The administration has decided to reopen schools and colleges for Class 9 to Class 12 in the limits of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) from January 4.
Schools and colleges for Classes 9 to 12 have already reopened in the rural parts of district from November in keeping with the state government's directives.