Odisha Government has announced that Colleges and Universities will open from 11 January.
Department of Higher Education has brought out notification in this regard on 3 January.
It stated that considering the improvement in Covid-19 situation in the state and considering the huge academic loss students have already undergone due to discontinuation of physical classroom teaching since March 2020; the State Public Universities and Government as well as Non-Government Degree Colleges coming under Department of Higher Education are hereby directed to commence physical classroom teaching for students of 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses from 11-01-2021(Monday).
And considering the UGC guidelines, the following academic calendar is hereby prescribed for the 2020-21 Final Year Under Graduate and Post Gradute (UG& PG).
Accordingly, the Guidelines for Conduct of Physical Classroom Teaching has been brought out.
Physical classes shall be held in 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.
Following Covid-19 Prevention Protocols shall be followed. a. Teachers/Staff/Students residing in active containment zone shall not come to Universities/ Colleges. b. Face Mask/ Face Cover shall be mandatory. c. Frequent Hand Wash/ Hand sanitization shall be ensured.
Social Distancing (6 ft. distance) shall be adopted in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, etc.
If need be, crowded classes can be divided into batches and teaching hours in a day can be extended.
Spitting shall be strictly prohibited and respiratory etiquettes shall be strictly followed by covering one’s mouth and nose by handkerchief while coughing/sneezing)
Self-monitoring of health and reporting of illness should be encouraged.
Hostels shall be opened from 10 January 2021 only for 2020-21 Final Year UG/ PG students as well as Ph.D., M.Phil. and other Research Scholars.
All possible Covid-19 prevention protocols shall be followed in hostels.
25 Percent of the syllabus shall be covered by Guided Students Self Study as per the guideline issued Department of Higher Education on 19 June, 2019.
In order to compensate the lost days, physical classroom teaching shall be conducted on all days except the Examination Period, Sundays, 26 January 2021 (Republic Day), 16 February 2021(Saraswati Puja) and 1 April 2021(Utkal Divas).
To this extent, the Common Holiday List-2021, communicated to all Degree Colleges by this Department of Higher Education on 23 December, 2020 is hereby superseded.
In addition to commencement of physical classroom teaching for 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses, teaching and research activities of Ph.D., M.Phil. and other Research Scholars shall also commence in physical mode w.e.f. 11 January, 2021.
State Private Universities under Department of Higher Education may also consider to commence physical classroom teaching of Final Year UG/PG courses w.e.f. 11 January, 2021 by following this guideline to the extent applicable.