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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Higher Education Department has directed colleges and universities across the State to start classes for UG first-year students in online mode from March 1.

As Covid-19 situation has not come under total control, it may not be now possible to commence physical classes for UG 1st Year students who have taken admission recently, said Higher Education department principal secretary Saswat Mishra in a letter to Vice-Chancellors of all State Universities and principals of Government/Non-Government Degree Colleges.

“If teaching for these students is not started immediately, they will heavily lose on the academic front. Therefore, you are advised to start UG 1st Year classes in online mode from 01.03.2021,” Mishra wrote.

Mishra advised the VCs and principals to follow the guidelines issued by the Higher Education Department dated June 19, 2020 on Guided Self-Study (covering 25% of each unit) while planning for coverage of the syllabus.

He further said the physical classroom teaching has started from January 11, 2021 for Final Year U.G. and P.G. courses and from 10.02.2021 for P.G. 1st Year and U.G. pre-Final Year courses (i.e. Second Year in case of 3-year U.G. courses and Third Year in case of 4-year U.G. courses).

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