MUMBAI: The state government will approach the railway authorities to see if college students will be allowed to travel by local trains from Monday, once the local administration permits re-opening of campuses.
State higher and technical education minister Uday Samant had announced last week that colleges in the state would be allowed from February 15 with 50% physical attendance. However, the general public is allowed on local trains only before 7 am, between noon and 4 pm, and after 9 pm. Asked about the timings not being suitable for students, Samantsaid that the government will approach the railways.
“We had a discussion with the chief secretary on this issue. Even chief minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the chief secretary to submit the college schedule to the railways to consider the permission. The state will do whatever is needed, to ensure that college students can travel by local trains,” said Samant.
The BMC, as the local administration body, however, is yet to permit schools to re-open in Mumbai, considering the Covid situation. After the state’s nod, schools in other regions have reopened with 50% attendance.
Samant also said that the syllabus for courses in the first year could be reduced by 10-15% for this academic year. “Few universities have already recommended reducing the syllabus and the proposal has been sent to the UGC for a final nod,” said the minister.
On the hostel facility, the minister said that as per UGC guidelines, only one student should be accommodated in a room.

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