Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) issued a circular stating that the dates of reopening of the affiliated colleges will be notified later on. Earlier the university had said that offline classes in the colleges will start from January 11.

The new circular states, “Under the initiative ‘Mission Begin Again’, phase-wise unlocking process subsequent to the lockdown declared due to COVID-19 pandemic, has begun in the State of Maharashtra and reopening of universities and colleges is a part of the same. University Departments and colleges/institutions are likely to face a number of issues after reopening. In order to facilitate the successful reopening of University Departments and colleges/institutions and smooth conduct of teaching-learning process in offline mode, certain measures are required to be ensured by the University Departments and colleges/institutions for the safety and health of all the concerned, in advance.”

“It is notified to all Heads of University Departments, Principal/ Directors of colleges/ institutions to take necessary steps to ensure appropriate preparations for reopening of University Departments and colleges/institutions, in advance, in accordance with the UGC Guidelines dated 6.11.2020, directions/ guidelines issued by the State Government and local authorities from time to time. Date of the reopening of University Departments and colleges/institutions will be notified in due course of time as per the directives of the State Government”, the circular concludes.

The earlier circular (dated January 4, 2021) for reopening of colleges has been cancelled by the SPPU.

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