Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today notified on seven hours duty every working day for teachers of government colleges and non-government aided colleges in the State.

“All teachers posted in government colleges and non-government aided colleges, including Principals, shall henceforth perform duty for at least seven hours on every working day,” mentioned in a letter from Saswat Mishra, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Higher Education Department to the college Principals. However, the seven-hour duty rule is not applicable to guest faculties, it added.

“In addition to normal teaching related works, teachers are required to devote time for library, research, taking extra classes for late entrants, taking corrective classes for needy students, monitoring students attendance, assisting in non-teaching statements,” the letter reads.

This apart, college students must have 75% attendance failing which they shall not be allowed to appear for the end-term examination.

“Student attendance must be monitored on monthly basis and parents of students not attending 75% of classes must be contacted over phone or SMS or postcard,” the letter stated.

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