Medical colleges in Karnataka to open for jabbed students | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: With the second wave on retreat, the Karnataka government on Friday decided to reopen all health and medical educational institutions — medical, dental, Ayush, nursing and other allied healthcare colleges — with immediate effect. It will decide on reopening other colleges in 3-4 days.
The decision comes with a rider: Only those (students, teaching and non-teaching staff) who have taken at least one dose of Covid vaccine will be allowed into the campus.
Schedule for degree, diploma exams out
Colleges must strictly follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and SOPs, according to a circular issued on Friday. Dr Jayakar SM, acting vice-chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, the umbrella university for colleges offering courses in health sciences, said a majority of students have taken the vaccine.
“Being in healthcare sector, all students and staff were on priority list. Most colleges have had more than 90% of their students and staff vaccinated. A large majority have received their second dose,” said Dr Jayakar.
The colleges are likely to start campus classes from Monday, but they are yet to take a formal decision. RGUHS has 950 affiliated colleges with 3 lakh students. Exams of various courses, including Ayurveda and PG dental, are under way. The circular signed by N Manjunatha Prasad, member-secretary of the state executive committee, said violation will warrant action under Section 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and Section188 of the IPC.
The decision on reopening other colleges will be made in 3-4 days after discussion with the chief minister, higher education minister CN Ashwath Narayan said. About 65% of the students of government and government-aided institutions have been vaccinated, he said.
Narayan announced the schedule of examinations of diploma and degree courses. For diploma, practical exams for odd semesters (1/3/5) will be held from July 26 to 28 and theory exams for leftover subjects (1/3/5), and other semesters will be held from August 2 to 21.
Practical exams for even semesters (2/4/6) are scheduled from November 2 to 12 and theory exams from November 17 to December 6.
Exams of degree courses for odd semesters (pending in Gulbarga, Karnataka and Bengaluru universities and a few subjects left in some other universities) are scheduled by August 15, and for even semesters in October. Dates will be notified shortly. To facilitate students writing the exam, contact classes will be held and they can approach the authorities for any clarification.

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