West Bengal Educational Institutions to be Remain Closed till July 31. The West Bengal government said academic activities in all state-run higher educational institutions will remain suspended till July 31 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Education minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters here the heads of the universities will decide how to conduct administrative functions while safeguarding the health factor of staff.
The closing date has been extended from earlier June 30. Moreover, the decision to suspend day-to-day academic activities in colleges and universities until then was taken by the Education Department, based on certain recommendations.
The education minister said that there will be no change in the functioning of these institutions. “It is just that the regular classes will now remain suspended till July 31, instead of June 30,” he added. The move from the state is taken at a time when 14 people died of coronavirus in West Bengal in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s total death toll to 569. Over 413 fresh cases have been reported in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 14,358.
Chatterjee had earlier said schools in the state will remain closed till July 31 due to the pandemic situation. To a question if final semester exams will be held in universities or the students will be evaluated on basis of marks in previous semesters, the minister said: “We will take a decision on the issue of holding semester exams after June 26.”
He also mentioned that all operations that were previous being done by the administrative departments of various educational institutions will continue as they were being done previously. “The administrative functioning of the educational institutions will continue the way it was done during the lockdown”, the minister added. Earlier, in June, the state government had announced suspension of all academic activities at higher education institutions in line with the recommendations of vice-chancellors of all the universities in the state have unanimously recommended that academic activities across the state be suspended at all higher education institutions to ensure complete safety of students
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