The State government has decided to reopen all degree colleges and universities in the State from October 15. Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy took the decision during a review with the senior officials of the education department at the camp office on Thursday.
The chief minister told the officials that the covid 19 pandemic is under control in the state and the colleges and universities can restart with due precautions. He also instructed the officials to conduct all common entrance tests (CETs) from the third week of September.
He also told the officials to increase the gross enrolment to 90 percent by encouraging students to join the courses. The enrolment is now at 32.4 percent, the officials informed the chief minister.
Following the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP) announced by the Central government, the chief minister had suggested an apprenticeship of 10 months after three years’ graduation and a year skill development course to be eligible to receive a degree. This would fulfil the four-year degree course proposed by the Central government under the NEP 2020. However, this skill development course is not compulsory, the chief minister suggested.
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The chief minister also directed the officials to start the process to recruit all vacant assistant professor posts in government degree colleges and universities.
The chief minister also directed the officials to start the fee reimbursement scheme once the colleges are reopened. He also asked them to take up the renovation of all medical colleges in the state under the Nadu-Nedu program of the state government.
AP Higher Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission chairman Justice V Eswaraiah, Higher education secretary Satish Chandra and other officials were present at the review.
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