Bhubaneswar; Jan 11: Classes in col-leges and universities in the state resumed from January 11 for the students of final year in undergraduate and post-gradu-ate courses. The higher education de-partment had issued guidelines for the colleges and universities January 3.

 Apart from colleges and universities, technical universities, engineering/pro-fessional colleges, diploma/post diploma institutions of the state under the ad-ministrative control of the skill develop-ment and technical education (SDTE) de-partment also commence their physical classroom teaching for the final year stu-dents of PG/UG/Diploma/Post diploma programmes from Monday.

 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 no-tification issued by the Higher Education department said. Higher education min-ister Arun Sahoo Monday visited several colleges in the city and talked with students and asked them to follow the Covid guide-lines during the classes.

 The government decided to reopen col-leges and universities considering the improvement in Covid-19 situation in the state and the huge academic loss of stu-dents due to the pandemic situation. The students while entering the premises had to carry Covid negative reports with them.

 “The state public universities and gov-ernment as well as non-government degree colleges (coming under HE department) are hereby directed to commence physi-cal classroom teaching for students of 2020-21 final year UG/PG courses from 114)1-2021 (Monday),” the notification said. For UG students, the government also issued norms for the conduct of class-room teaching which should be held in a regular manner to cover all chapters of the syllabus irrespective of coverage of some chapters by online mode.

 “Whenever pos-sible, physical classroom teaching shall be recorded and shared with absentee stu-dents,” 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 facemasks. Social dis-tancing should be maintained in class-rooms and, if needed, crowded classes can be divided into batches and teaching hours in a day can be extend. 

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