Odisha Colleges, Universities Reopens

Bhubaneswar: Colleges and universities across Odisha have reopened after being closed for over nine months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The penultimate semester exams for the students of UG/PG courses will be held from March 16 to March 31, and the final semester examinations will take place between June 16 and June 30.

“The State Public Universities and Government, as well as Non-Government Degree Colleges (coming under H.E. Department), are hereby directed to commence physical classroom teaching for students of 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses from 11-01-2021(Monday),” an earlier notification said.

The government has issued guidelines that have to be followed strictly for the smooth conduct of regular classes. The guidelines also mention that the colleges will cover the remaining syllabus, as well as those chapters in which students have doubts even though they have been covered in online classes.

The guidelines also mention that whenever possible, the physical classes shall be recorded and be shared with students who are/were absent.

Wearing masks all the time is compulsory for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff. Social distancing norms should be followed all the time. If needed crowded classes can be divided into different batches and can be given different teaching hours.

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.

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

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 To this extent, the Common Holiday List-2021, communicated to all Degree Colleges by the Department is hereby superseded.

In addition to the 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.

State Private Universities under the department may also consider commencing classroom teaching of final year UG/PG courses from January 11 by following this guideline to the extent applicable.

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