Bhubaneswar: All medical colleges in Odisha reopened on December 1 following the directive of the Odisha government.
As per the order, all standard operating procedures and guidelines were to be followed, including social distancing and wearing of face masks. “The Medical College Authorities will follow scrupulously all the SOPs and guidelines with respect to social distancing and prevention of the spread of the pandemic issued by Central and State Government,” the official order said.
However, all academic/technical/skill development institutions will remain closed till December 31 or till such date as decided by the Departments concerned, the order added.
“The School and Mass Education department is authorised to take appropriate decision with regard to the date of re-opening of schools under its control/ superintendence/ supervision in respect of classes from Class IX and XII in a graded manner in consultation with relevant stakeholders and issue necessary guidelines/SOP,” it said.
Department of Higher Education is authorised 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.
The Department of Skill Development and Technical Education Department may take appropriate decision with regard to the date of re-opening of Engineering Colleges and other Technical Education/ Skill Development Institutions under its control/ superintendence/ supervision in consultation in a graded manner in consultation with relevant stakeholders and issue necessary guidelines/SOP, it added.
Notwithstanding the closure of these institutes, the authorities can conduct examinations, evaluate answer papers and carry out other administrative activities, the order said adding that online distance learning shall be permitted and encouraged.
It said that all Anganwadi Centres will remain closed till December 31, and the arrangement for supply of ration to the beneficiaries must continue.