The entire world is passing through a tough phase as it fights against the deadly novel Corona Virus or Covid-19 pandemic, claiming lakhs of lives. Light seems to have evolved at the end of the tunnel as the graph of this deadly virus has started to spike downwards. Scientists and doctors are really hopeful regarding this. In this regard, the education department of West Bengal is rethinking getting back to offline mode of classes for the college and university level, though they are still unsure about the school level.
The state education minister, Mr. Partha Chatterjee has remarked about the commencement of on-campus classes from the first week of December. He had also remarked earlier that the new academic session in the first-semester undergraduate program is scheduled to begin from December 1, a month later than the dates proposed by the supreme educational body, the University Grants Commission (UGC). On the other side of the coin, a number of states like Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, and Assam have already resumed their classes.
The Chief Minister of the state, Mamata Banerjee had earlier intended to kick start classes of the new semester early in September but was unable to do so, due to the spiking graph of the deadly virus. She has held a virtual meet with the heads of several colleges, where it was decided upon the fact that the science and arts departments would meet on alternate days, ensuring 50 percent attendance. In this way the virus can be stopped from spreading and embracing of on-campus classes will be in vogue.