College Reopening News: The West Bengal government is planning to  start new academic session (2020-21) of both undergraduate and post graduate levels in colleges and universities from December 1. A meeting between Vice- Chancellors of state universities and West Bengal Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee was on Sunday held in this regard. The final decision will be communicated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Also Read - West Bengal Tightens Omicron-Related Travel Rules | 9 Key Points

Addressing a presser, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the reason they are planning to start the new academic session in December is because host of festivals are lined up in November, including, Lakshmi puja, Kali puja/Diwali, Chhat puja, Jagaddhatri puja etc. Also Read - West Bengal NEET UG Counselling 2021 Big Update: Process To Begin Soon | Check Important Details Here

“As we need to sanitise the institution premises before starting the academic session in full course, we have to take into account the four-five festive days when no work will be possible. So it will be in the fitness of things to start the new sessions from December,” Chatterjee added. Also Read - 2 States, One Story: Job seekers Baton-charged in Bengal; Contractual Workers Dragged in Punjab | Watch

“Still whether the classes will be entirely online or there will also be offline mode of teaching will depend on the situation at that time,” the minister added.

“As per the UGC advisory, we have to start the UG and PG classes for 2020-21 academic session without much delay.

Hence it was agreed at the meeting that the classes will commence after the admission procedure gets over,” he said.

While admission to UG level will be over by October 31, the admission procedure in PG level can be completed only during the end of November.