In the state of Maharashtra, the vice-chancellors of all public universities ‘unanimously’ embossed before Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari regarding the demand to revive physical classroom teaching in various colleges. On Friday, Raj Bhavan issued a statement. The vice-chancellors told the governor that they are interested to begin classroom sessions in colleges as early as 1st February 2021. Once the permission is granted, the colleges can commence classroom sessions in person.
The official statement states that the demand was made during a meeting organized by Koshyari. The meeting was held in the presence of the VCs of about 20 universities in Maharashtra and state higher and technical education secretary Om Prakash Gupta through video conferencing on Friday. The governor had organized the meeting to discuss the new academic calendar for 2020-21 of all the universities, vacancies, status of the statutory audit of universities and the status of recruitment of statutory posts in universities, and more. All these topics were discussed during the meeting.
The statement further reads, ‘Vice-chancellors of public universities across the state today unanimously demanded permission to start classroom teaching in colleges and universities immediately.’ The governor stated that it is ‘ironical’ while the schools for classes 5 and 8 were being reopened, the colleges and universities hadn’t commenced classroom teaching until now. According to the statement of Koshyari, all the universities need to explore the possibility of opening classes in shifts specifically during the time when the COVID-19 pandemic is coming under control.
He further stated that the University Grants Commission also laid down the procedure for reopening the colleges. As per the statement, Koshyari directed the higher and technical education department to fill vacant statutory posts in the universities that include registrar, dean of faculty and director, etc. The Vice-Chancellors provided details about their academic calendar, the status of audit, and vacancies of statutory positions to the governor. About 50 percent of teaching posts in colleges were available vacant, said the statement. Stay in touch with our website to get the latest educational updates such as the exam, timetables, results, and more.