Suryakant Jena

The Odisha government on Tuesday asked all universities and degree colleges in the State to resume functioning with full staff strength from today. 

In a letter, the State Higher Education Department has asked all the Vice-Chancellors of all State Public Universities and Principals of all Government/Non-Government Degree Colleges to begin functioning with 100% employees with effect from February 1, 2022 

The offices have been directed to operate with strict Covid appropriate behaviour in order to reduce chances of virus infection. 

With educational institutes, including those under the Higher Education Department, yet to reopen for students in Odisha, the government has instructed the teaching faculties to resume office but only take online classes from their respective institutes. 

On Monday, the GA Department had issued order to all departments and offices in the State to start normal functioning with full strength of employees.

The decision by the government comes close on the heels of the downtrend in the cases of Covid-19 infections in the State over the past few days.

Notably, Odisha government had closed all colleges, universities, and technical educational institutions except the medical colleges/nursing colleges and institutions under the control of the Health and Family Welfare department from January 10.