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Maharashtra: Covid-19 vaccine drive in 5,000 colleges, offline exams likely next semester


PUNE: A mega drive on Covid-19 vaccination will be conducted in approximately 5,000 colleges across the state from October 25 to November 2, to ensure that students above 18 years of age can get vaccinated, higher and technical education minister Uday Samant, said in a press conference at the College of Engineering, Pune on Friday.

Efforts will be made to conduct term-end examinations in the offline mode for the next semester wherever possible for which students need to attend offline classes which requires full vaccination, he said.

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“Mission Yuva Swasthya is a collaboration between the higher education department and the health department. Almost 40 lakh students studying in various colleges in the state will be benefited from this. However, some of these students may already be vaccinated. Hence, we will get an exact figure by tonight. I appeal to all students to make use of this and get vaccinated,” Samant added.
Dhanraj Mane, director of higher education, said, “Since vacations are going on in many colleges, many students are still at their home town, which may be far from the college they have enrolled in. Hence, we have given the students a provision to register at a college centre near to them and get themselves vaccinated after showing their college ID cards. Instructions have also been given to the joint directors stating the for this.”

Samant has been interacting with students from colleges and he said he plans to do so in about 50 colleges in the state. “We knew that due to Diwali, students may want to continue online till the festival ends and then go for online education. These 10-15 days will be beneficial for colleges and universities as they will get time to sanitise the area and make necessary preparations,” the minister added.

Samant said that the mindset of students needs to change from online to offline exams now and for that offline classes must start.

“We are trying to see where we can hold offline examinations. However, we had given universities the choice to conduct examinations either in offline mode or online mode depending upon the circumstances. Whatever the decision, care will be taken to ensure that students are not affected adversely in any case,” Samant said.





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