Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Monday allowed universities to resume functioning during COVID-19 lockdown with certain stipulations.

In a letter to all vice-chancellors (all State public and private universities), Higher Education Department has asked concerned officials to remain in full preparedness to conduct examinations, whenever permitted by the government, within a short notice.

Though classes (theory or practical) shall not be held in physical mode, the Higher Education department has granted permission to varsity authorities for online-teaching/ e-learning/ distance learning.

The department has further asked the varsity officials to ensure that no student is allowed into hostels. No student or public shall be allowed to enter the university office or department without valid permission of the concerned authorities.

Higher education department has categorically directed university officials to ensure that students and public do not face any problems in getting certificates or other documents which can be issued through electronic mode. The State government has categorically denied permission to any conference, seminars, workshops, interview, field work and trips. However, the universities can conduct seminars and conferences in online mode if required.

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The Higher Education department has permitted evaluation of answer copies of the examinations already conducted though zonal evaluation is not permitted.

Though all Group A (all teaching and non-teaching) employees including faculties have to attend their official duty on daily basis, the varsity authorities have been asked to allow only one-third Group B, C and D employees.

During functioning of the universities, the authorities have been asked to ensure that all COVID-19 measures including social distancing, hand washing, sanitation, use of masks, suspension of bio-metric attendance system and other norms are duly followed.

A copy of the University Office Order to this effect should be sent to local Police and Civil Administration with a request to allow movement of permitted employees to and from the university. Employees must carry a copy of this Order of HE Department, a copy of the University Office Order and own Id-Card while commuting to the university.

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