The Odisha government on Monday gave its nod for the reopening of medical colleges and other institutions of teaching like veterinary, nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy colleges in the State with certain conditions.
As per the decision, all theory classes to continue in online mode while practical and clinical classes will be held with 50 percent capacity. Besides, the institutions have been asked to segregate fully vaccinated and unvaccinated/incomplete vaccinated students to different batches for clinical and practical classes.
“Government after careful consideration have been pleased to reopen all medical colleges and other institution of teaching e.g. nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, public health and other paramedical/allied medical science course in the State during this declining phase of the COVID-19,” said the State Health Department in a letter to the Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET), Odisha.
Other guidelines laid down by the government are as follow:
- The students must submit written permission from their parents or guardians.
- The Institution shall make provision for screening of the student for COVID symptoms while entering the practical halls /clinical wards
- It will be mandatory for all students to adhere to the COVID appropriate behaviour- Use of mask in the campus, hand washing, use of sanitizers, social distancing, avoiding crowded places.
- The institution should start a vaccination drive for students and college staffs in coordination with the local health authority.
- Incomplete vaccinated /Unvaccinated students if allowed in the hostel shall be segregated into separate blocks. They will not be allowed to the library. Separate areas must be earmarked in the dining facility for this group.
- Examination to be conducted for different batches in succession with adherence to the COVID appropriate behaviour and use of more number of examination halls for theory examinations.
- The college Authority will also ensure regular screening of the Students in hostels for COVID symptoms and facilities for COVID positives / suspected cases for isolation /quarantine.
- No academic/ social /religious/sports activity will be allowed for the students in campus
- The administrative blocks /office will remain open on all working days as per the government guidelines.
- The COVID positive students will not be allowed to sit in the examination but will appear in the next scheduled examinations (Annual/Supplementary), but this dropout will not be reflected in the chance certificates to be issued by the college authority subject to the production of the laboratory proof (Rapid Antigen / RT-PCR positive test report) of infection during the examinations dropped.