COVID-19: Odisha Varsities To Adopt Online, Distance Learning

Bhubaneswar: The State Higher Education Department on Monday permitted all Public and Private universities under its administrative control to resume their normal activities during the COVID-19 lockdown period with certain restrictions.

Saswat Mishra, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Higher Education Department, in a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of the varsities has listed the restrictions, as follows.

a.) Classes (Theory or Practical) shall not be held in physical mode. However, on-line teaching/e-Learning/Distance learning is permitted.

b.) Examinations (Theory or Practical) shall not be conducted. However, the Universities must remain in full preparedness to conduct examinations, whenever permitted by Government, with short notice.

c.) No student shall be allowed to stay in hostel. No student or public shall be allowed to enter the University Office/Department without valid permission of the concerned authority. Urgent necessities of students and public, if any (like issue of certificates, etc.), must be tried to be met by electronic means. (Students’ include Research Scholars)

d.) Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Interviews, Field Work/Visits/Trips, etc. shall not be held. Conferences, Seminars, etc. may, however, be held in on-line mode, if required.

e.) Evaluation of answer sheets pertaining to examinations already conducted is permitted. However, Zonal valuation is not permitted. Ph.D Viva-voce examination and Ph.D pre-submission presentation in on-line mode is also permitted.

f.) Though all Group-A (teaching and non-teaching) employees, which includes all faculties, have to attend to their official duty on daily basis, only one-third of Group B, Group C and Group D employees shall be required to attend to their official duty, as will be decided by the competent authority of the Universities, with or without rotation basis. A copy of the University Office Order to this effect should be sent to local Police and Civil Administration with a request to allow movement of permitted employees to and from the University. Employees must carry a copy of this Order of HE Department, a copy of the University Office Order and own I Card while commuting to the University.

g.) If an employee, who is required to attend the duty, fails to attend duty due to any reason, s/he has to apply for admissible leave to her/his leave sanctioning authority.

h.) During functioning of the Universities, all COVID-19 prevention measures such as Social Distancing, Hand Washing/Sanitization, Compulsory use of Mask, Routine Disinfection, Suspension of Bio-metric Attendance System, etc. must be followed scrupulously.


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