Colleges, universities reopen in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: After being closed for over nine months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities reopened in Odisha today.

Physical classroom teaching for students of 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses will commence from today. Similarly, technical universities, engineering/professional colleges, diploma/post diploma institutions of the state under the administrative control of the Skill Development and Technical Education (SDTE) Department will commence their physical classroom teaching for the final year students of PG/UG/Diploma/Post diploma programmes from today.

The following academic calendar has been prescribed for the 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses.

Guidelines for Conduct of Physical Classroom Teaching:

1. Physical classes shall be held in regular manner to cover all chapters of the syllabus irrespective of coverage of some chapters by on-line mode.

2. Whenever possible, the physical classroom teaching shall be recorded and shared with absentee students.

3. Following Covid-19 Prevention Protocols shall be followed.

a. Teachers/Staff/Students residing in active containment zone shall not come to Universities/ Colleges.
b. Face Mask/ Face Cover shall be mandatory.
c. Frequent Hand Wash/ Hand sanitization shall be ensured.
d. Social Distancing (6 ft. distance) shall be adopted in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, etc. If need be, crowded classes can be divided into batches and teaching hours in a day can be extended.
e. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
f. Respiratory etiquettes shall be strictly followed. (i.e Covering one’s mouth and nose by handkerchief while coughing/sneezing)

4. Hostels shall be opened from 10-01-2021 only for 2020-21 Final Year UG/ PG students as well as Ph.D., M.Phil. and other Research Scholars. All possible Covid-19 prevention protocols shall be followed in hostels.

5. 25% of the syllabus shall be covered by Guided Students Self Study as per the guideline issued by the Department.

6. To compensate the lost days, physical classroom teaching shall be conducted on all days except the Examination Period, Sundays, 26th January 2021 (Republic Day), 16th February 2021(Saraswati Puja) and 1st April 2021(Utkal Divas). To this extent, the Common Holiday List-2021, communicated to all Degree Colleges by the Department is hereby superseded.

7. In addition to commencement of physical classroom teaching for 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses, teaching and research activities of Ph.D., M.Phil. and other Research Scholars shall also commence in physical mode w.e.f. 11.01.2021.

8. State Private Universities (under H.E. Department) may also consider to commence physical classroom teaching of Final Year UG/PG courses w.e.f. 11-01-2021 by following this guideline to the extent applicable.

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