“Considering the improvement in Covid-19 situation in the state, the government took this decision to commence physical classroom teaching for the final year students of UG, PG and diploma programmes with effect from January 11 by following standard operating procedure (SOP),” said the department order.
According to the SOP, physical classes shall be held in regular manner to cover all chapters of the syllabus irrespective of coverage of some chapters by online mode. Whenever possible, the physical classroom teaching shall be recorded and shared with absentee students.
Hostels will be opened from January 10 only for 2020-21 final year UG/PG/diploma/post diploma students. All possible Covid-19 prevention protocols shall be followed in hostels and in the classrooms.
To compensate the lost days, physical classroom teaching shall be conducted on all days except the examination period, Sundays, January 26 (Republic Day), February 16 (Saraswati Puja) and April 1 (Utkal Divas).
Teachers/staff/students staying in containment zones cannot come to the colleges or universities. Face mask or face cover is mandatory for everybody. Frequent hand washing or sanitization will be ensured in the campus. Spitting is strictly prohibited and respiratory etiquettes will be strictly followed. Social distancing will be adopted in classrooms, libraries and laboratories. If needed, crowded classes can be divided into batches to maintain at least six feet distance from each other. Reporting of illness should be encouraged among teachers, students and staff.
State private universities under this department may also consider commencing physical classroom teaching of final year UG/PG/diploma courses from January 11 by following this guideline.
On January 3, the higher education department had issued an order to open universities and degree colleges (coming under this department jurisdiction) for final year students of UG and PG courses from January 11.