Updated: August 12, 2021 8:03:21 pm
The Rajasthan government on Saturday announced that the decision to start regular classes in higher education institutions in the state will be taken after 15 days.
It also said the approval to start classes in educational institutions related to elementary and secondary education will be taken from the central government before reopening the institutions closed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
In a meeting of the committee of five ministers held on Saturday, various aspects regarding the opening of educational institutions in the state were discussed in detail.
The committee chaired by Health Minister Raghu Sharma was set up by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday. “The decision to start classes in higher education institutions will be taken after 15 days,” an official spokesperson said.
Earlier, Rajasthan minister Govind Singh Dotasra said the chief minister would take the final call on the reopening of schools after discussing all aspects with the committee, two days after he tweeted that the schools would open from August 2.
After Dotasra made the announcement, Gehlot had on Friday constituted the committee of five ministers to decide the date and standard operating procedure (SOP) for the opening of educational institutions in the state. Dotasra tweeted on Saturday, “Chief Minister Gehlot will decide on the opening of the schools after discussing all aspects with the cabinet committee constituted to prepare the detailed SOP.
Apart from Dotasra, the committee includes Health Minister Raghu Sharma, Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria, Higher Education Minister Bhanwar Singh Bhati and Technical Education Minister Subhash Garg. Sources said the chief minister had questioned Dotasra as to why he announced the date of opening of schools when there was no decision in this regard in the cabinet meeting held on Thursday.
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