Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today allowed all Medical Colleges of the State to reopen from December 1, 2020. While issuing the Covid guidelines for the month of December, the State government said authorities of the Medical College must follow all the SOPs/guidelines issued by the government scrupulously to prevent spread of the epidemic.
However, the government left the decision for reopening of schools with the School and Mass Education Department. In the guidelines, the government said the department is authorized to take appropriate decision with regard to the date of re-opening of schools under its control/ superintendence/ supervision in respect of classes from 9th to 12th Standard in a graded manner.
The government asked the department to consult relevant stakeholders and issue necessary guidelines/ SOP for the reopening of schools.
Similarly, the Department of Higher Education is authorized to take appropriate decision with regard to the date of re-opening of Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions under its control/ superintendence/ supervision in consultation with the relevant stakeholders and by following the guidelines/ SOP issued by guidelines UGC / AICTE / Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
All Academic/Technical Skill Development Institutions (except Medical Colleges) will remain closed till December 31, 2020 or till such date as decided by the Departments concerned.
Notwithstanding closure of Academic/ Technical / Skill Development Institutions, the followings will be permitted:
a. Conduct of examinations (academic, competitive and entrance tests), evaluation and other administrative activities.
b. Online distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
c. The concerned department may permit teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the School/ College/ Institution for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only as per SOP issued by the Ministry of Education/Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW), GOI.
d. Higher Education Institutions will be permitted to open only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory/ experimental work.
e. All training activities including skill and professional development.
All Anganwadi Centres will remain closed till December 31, 2020 and the arrangement for supply of ration to the beneficiaries must continue, the guidelines added.