Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha Higher Education Department on Friday announced commencement of physical classes in universities and colleges from August 16 and conduct of examinations for UG and PG students.

“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 all PG and UG students, except 2020-21 UG First Year students, from 16th August 2021,” an official notice read. 

State Public Universities and all Autonomous Colleges (Government as well as Non-Government) are hereby allowed to take appropriate decision at their level for conducting semester/annual examinations, in online/offline (pen & paper)/ blended (online/offline) mode, for students of all remaining Years/Semesters. The HEls should prepare their own examination calendar so as to ensure on-time graduation of these students in the coming years, it further read. 

Teaching and research activities of Ph.D., M.Phil. and other research scholars shall also commence in physical mode from August 16 (if not commenced already). 

Besides, hostels shall be opened from 14.08.2021 only for the students whose classroom teaching will start in physical mode from 16.08.2021 and also for Ph.D., M.Phil. and other Research Scholars. All possible Covid-19 prevention protocols shall be followed in hostels. 

Here are Some Important Points to Note:

Teachers/ Staff/ Students residing in Containment Zones shall not come to University/ College. 
Face Mask/ Face Cover shall be mandatory. 
Frequent Hand Wash/ Hand Sanitization shall be ensured. 
Social Distancing shall be adopted in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, etc. If need be, crowded classes can be divided into batches and teaching hours in a day can be extended.
Spitting in campus shall be strictly prohibited.
Respiratory etiquettes shall be strictly followed. (i.e. Covering one's mouth and nose by handkerchief while coughing/ sneezing) 
Self-monitoring of health and reporting of illness should be encouraged. 
There must be an isolation room ready for any emergency. 
Whenever possible, the physical classroom teaching shall be recorded and shared with absentee students. State Private Universities (under H.E. Department) may also consider following these guidelines to the extent required by them.