TN govt withdraws order on reopening schools and college on November 16

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The government has allowed colleges and universities to reopen for Ph.D students and final year PG students from science and technical courses alone from December 2 

The Tamil Nadu government has revoked its order allowing schools and colleges in the state to reopen from November 16.

The decision is in the light of the Madras High Court suggestion to consider reopening both colleges and schools for Classes 9 to 12 in December in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the feedbacks from parents of school and college students across the state.

The Madurai bench of the high court had earlier this week made the suggestion while considering a petition filed by parent from Theni, expressing safety concerns of the students and their families.  The feedback the government sought received from parents shared this concern by and large.

The parents shared their concern in the consultation meetings organised by schools, colleges and universities to elicit their views over reopening the educational institutions. Majority of the parents felt it is not advisable to reopen the educational institutions with the Covid-19 continuing to rage across the state.

The State government said that after analysing the feedback from parents, they have decided to defer the reopening of schools, colleges and hostels from November 16. A fresh date for the reopening will be announced after taking the COVID-19 situation into consideration. The ongoing online classes will continue till then.

However, the government has allowed colleges and universities to reopen for Ph.D students and final year PG students from science and technical courses alone from December 2 by complying with the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC). For these students alone, hostels will be opened on campus and guidelines for colleges as well as hostels will be separately issued (with agency inputs)

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