Pune Live News: Colleges in Maharashtra (all non agricultural universities, deemed and private universities, technical institutions and affiliated colleges) will remain closed for offline lectures till February 15, Uday Samant, higher and technical education minister, announced on Wednesday. During a Facebook live session, he urged the universities and colleges to take up vaccinations of students on priority. Samant took a review meeting on Tuesday with district collectors, health officials, vice chancellors of all state universities after which he made the announcement on Wednesday.
Keeping in mind the rising number of Covid-19 cases, examinations of all non-agricultural, deemed and private universities, technical institutions as well as affiliated colleges, will be taken online until February 15. He also added that if a student or family member is Covid positive or student cannot give exam due to reasons such as power failure or technical issues during online exams, then universities or colleges must make arrangements to ensure there is no academic loss to the student. Schools will remain shut for classes 1 to 8 in Pune till January 30. Meanwhile, online schooling will continue as announced by Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.
In another news, Sindhutai Sapkal, better known as ‘Anathanchi Maye’ or ‘Mother of orphans’, passed away following a heart attack at a private hospital in Pune on Tuesday. She was 74. She was known for her work in raising hundreds of orphans, abandoned and destitute children, as well as towards rehabilitation of women.
Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 26,538 new cases, 8 deaths and 5,331 discharges. The state also detected 144 new Omicron cases taking the total tally of the new infection to 797. The active cases in the state rose to 87,505.