Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: The reopening of colleges, universities and other higher education institutes across the State is likely to get delayed in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, informed Higher Education minister Arun Sahoo on Thursday.

Speaking to media Sahoo said, "As per the Central and State governments' guidelines, decision on reopening of colleges and universities will be made."

"There might be a slight delay in the reopening of educational institutes, but I will advice the student to continue their studies at home as usual without wasting time," Sahoo added.

Educationalists have expressed doubts over adherence to social distancing and other Covid 19 guidelines at campuses if colleges are reopened soon.

"Maintaining social distancing at hostels will be little bit difficult for us. There are chances of Covd-19 norms violation if classes are conducted in the campus," said Suprava Pattanaik, principal of Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar (BJB) autonomous college.

It may be noted that the School and Mass Education department has already announced the closure of all schools in the State till December 31.

However, there are some exceptions in the order. Accordingly, conduct of examinations, evaluation and other administrative activities will be permitted during the period.

Experts have predicted that the State may witness a second Covid-19 wave in December which will continue for some weeks till the beginning of the New Year.