Bhubaneswar: In view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the Odisha Government today announced the closure of colleges, universities, and technical educational institutions in the state from January 10, 2022.
“All Colleges/ Universities/ Technical Educational Institutions (other than Medical Colleges/Nursing Colleges & Institutions under control of Health & FW Deptt.) under the superintendence of Government of Odisha shall remain closed with effect from 10th January, 2022,” an official order said.
“The Authorities of Colleges/ Universities/ Technical Educational Institutions shall take all appropriate measures for conducting classes through online/ virtual/ video/ other alternative methods of learning mode,” it said.
“All hostels in such academic institutions shall also remain closed with effect from 10th January, 2022. Students shall be advised to avoid staying in the hostel in the interest of their personal health. However, scholars, researchers and students who desire to stay in hostel for research/ project works or other academic activities may be permitted to do so subject to student (s) giving undertaking to that effect to the appropriate authorities of the concerned institutions,” the order said.
“The concerned Departments will bring out detailed SOP/ guidelines/ circulars in this context. However, all ongoing offline examinations shall be allowed to continue as per programme by complying to Covid appropriate behaviour. Teaching and non- teaching employees of Colleges Universities / Technical Educational Institutions shall work as per prevailing guidelines for government servants and perform duties such as taking online classes/ academic/ semi academic and administrative functions etc. as assigned to them by the Authorities. Coaching Institutions Organisations/ Individuals offering coaching services to students shall not run off-line/ physical coaching/classes. However, virtual/ online coaching shall be permitted to continue,” the order added.