Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has released a list of official holidays of the calendar year 2020 for all the schools and colleges.
As per the holiday list released by Directorate of Secondary Education, Odisha, there will be a total of 82 holidays in schools next year.
Out of 82 holidays, the festive occasions like Saraswati Puja, Netaji Jayanti, Republic Day, Utkal Dibasa, Independence Day, Teachers’ day, Ganesh Puja, Gandhi Jayanti and Children’s Day etc will be observed in all the schools.
The schools will have summer vacation for 38 days from May 6 till June 18, 2020 instead of May 2.
Similarly, there will be 9 days as holidays for Durga Puja in all the schools. The Dussehra holidays will start from October 22 till 31. From December 25 to 31, all the schools will remain closed during Christmas holidays.
As Republic Day, Nuakhai and Muharram fall on Sundays, these days have not been included in the list of holidays.
Besides, the list of optional holidays to be availed by employees will be prepared by each school as per the Optional Holiday List published by the state government. Similarly, the list of local holidays will also be prepared by each school. Both the lists will be submitted to the District Education Officer (DEO) by January 20, 2020. However, there will be only two local holidays to be included in the list.
Meanwhile, the state government has declared 72 days as holidays for the colleges (both government, private and autonomous) under Higher Education department in 2020. While the summer vacation in colleges will begin from May 11 till June 6, the Dussehra holidays will be from October 22 till 31.
The college authorities can declared two days as local holidays. In this regard, the college heads will submit a report on local holidays to the Regional Directorate of Education within seven days.
However, there will be no holidays for colleges in December last week next year, informed the Higher Education Department.