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Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: With COVID-19-induced lockdowns and shutdowns forcing educational institutions to shift to online teaching, Odisha Higher Education department on Monday asked all degree colleges to allow visually impaired teachers to take online classes.

In a letter, Higher Education department secretary, Saswat Mishra urged principals of all degree colleges under the department to allow visually impaired teachers to take online classes from their home.

“Government has been pleased to allow the visually impaired teachers to take online classes from their residence till resumption of normalcy. They are not required to come to college premises to take online classes,” the letter read.
Notably on July 1, Odisha government had asked Higher Education institutions to start online teaching from July 13.

In a letter, the State Higher Education department had said that the institutions ‘are required to start’ online classes from July 13 and teachers will contact students though a helpline number to counsel them and also respond to their queries on various subjects, examinations, projects and assignments and scholarships among others.

Government universities and colleges shall carry out their official work, (except teaching in physical classroom mode and running of hostels) with 50% staff from July 1 to August 31, the letter had mentioned.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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