West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Sunday (November 29) said that there is no immediate plan to start classes in colleges and universities. 

The State government had earlier announced resumption of classes in higher educational institutions from December 1.

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Partha Chatterjee held a virtual meeting with vice-chancellors of different State-run universities on Sunday to decide the resumption of classes in schools and colleges. After the discussions, the Minister said classes could not be resumed now due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Chatterjee added that colleges and universities can also extend undergraduate and postgraduate admissions by another 15 days.

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The UGC had asked all the states to start the new academic year in November. The Bengal government, however, said it was not possible for them to start the academic year in November because there are many festivals happening in the month of November in Bengal. The new academic year may start in December.

Meanwhile, the State added 3,367 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of cases to 4,80,813. In the past 24 hours, 54 causalities were recorded, taking the total number of causalities to 8,376. Of these, both Kolkata and North 24 Parganas recorded 13 deaths each. The toll in Kolkata increased to 2,596, while in North 24 Parganas it increased to 1,973.