The Odisha government announced that physical classes in colleges and universities in the state will resume from January 11 for the students of final year undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
The penultimate semester exams for the students of UG/PG courses will be held from March 16 to March 31 and the final semester examinations will take place between June 16 and June 30, a notification issued by the Higher Education department said.
The government decided to reopen colleges and universities considering the improvement in COVID-19 situation in the state and the huge academic loss of students due to the pandemic situation.
Classroom teaching has been suspended since March 2020.
Department) are hereby directed to commence physical classroom teaching for students of 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses from 11-01-2021(Monday),” the notification said.
The government also issued a guideline for the conduct of classroom teaching which should be held in a regular manner to cover all chapters of the syllabus irrespective of coverage of some chapters by on-line mode.
“Whenever possible, the physical classroom teaching shall be recorded and shared with absentee students,” the guideline said adding that COVID-19 prevention protocols need to be followed.
It has been made mandatory for all the persons coming to colleges and varsities to wear face masks. Social distancing should be maintained in classrooms and, if needed, crowded classes can be divided into batches and teaching hours in a day can be extended, the guideline said.