Govt drive to jab college students, academics
As stress mounts, primarily from medical college students who can not have on-line lessons and wish offline classes, the federal government is making ready the bottom for opening up campuses. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa is predicted to make an announcement on this regard forward of the ultimate section of unlocking slated to kick in on July 19 in Karnataka.
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“The decision will factor in the speedy vaccination drive among the student population and mounting pressure from medical colleges, and from those who have come back to the state from other parts of the country and abroad to study here. These students are already losing a huge portion of their academic year and also money on accommodations,” mentioned a CMO official. Some colleges, sources mentioned, have achieved 100% vaccination of college students and workers.
The authorities can be contemplating issuing an order to make vaccination obligatory for college kids attending offline lessons, the official mentioned.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayana mentioned no date has been determined for re-opening of diploma lessons. “Currently, the focus is on vaccination of students aged above 18. The dates or opening degree classes will be decided later after consulting with all stakeholders,” he mentioned.
Narayana, who holds greater training portfolio, mentioned over 65% of college students and workers of authorities and aided diploma colleges have been vaccinated within the state till July 7. Of 4,90,799 college students in all, 3,13,898 college students have been vaccinated. Among workers, 85% — 24,875 out of 29,241 — have been jabbed. “The vaccination drive will be speeded up even further now,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bangalore University has vaccinated 76.4% of college students and workers on its campus. While Bangalore University’s University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering has lined 79% of college students and workers, the University Law College has vaccinated 78.3% and University College of Physical Education has vaccinated 71.6%. Bangalore University V-C prof KR Venugopal instructed TOI that 66% of hostel college students have additionally been vaccinated. “We hope to vaccinate around 20% of students when the university reopens,” he mentioned.