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Odisha: Offline classes for UG first year students to start from September 20 Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Saturday asked universities and degree colleges under higher education Department to start offline classes From Monday for the first year undergraduate (UG) students of the academic session 2020-21.
The government has taken this decision in view of the improvement in covid-19 status in the state. On August 16, the Higher Education Department had allowed its institutions to start physical classroom teaching for postgraduate (PG) first year and UG pre-final year students (except for 2020-21 UG first year students).
Hostels will be opened for these students from Sunday. The department has asked these institutions to follow the COVID-19 prevention protocol in the hostels.
Higher education department secretary Saswat Mishra in a letter to the vice-chancellors of state public universities and principals of degree colleges said, “Appropriate decision regarding starting of UG 2021-22 UG, PG 1st Semester/Year classes will be informed later Will go.” State.
According to department guidelines, teachers or staff or students living in active containment zones will not come to universities or colleges. Wearing of face mask or face cover will be mandatory. Institutions should ensure to frequently wash or sanitize hands on their campuses. Spitting will be strictly prohibited in the premises.
Social distancing will be followed in classrooms, libraries and laboratories. If necessary, overcrowded classes can be divided into batches and teaching hours can be increased in a day. Respiratory etiquette will be strictly followed. The department’s COVID guidelines state that one should cover their mouth and nose with a handkerchief while coughing or sneezing.
Educational institutions should encourage self-monitoring of health. Reporting of illness by students and staff should be mandatory. The technical institutions should keep isolation rooms ready in all the hostels for immediate transfer of the prisoner reporting any illness.


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