Odisha College reopens: Odisha Colleges of Technology and Universities to reopen from August 9



BHUBANEWAR: In view of the improving situation of Covid-19, the state government decided on Wednesday to reopen technical universities, engineering / professional colleges, polytechnics, degree institutions and ITIs and to begin physical classroom instruction for final year postgraduate (PG), undergraduate (UG), diploma and ITI students starting August 9.

The Department of Skills Development and Technical Education made such a decision to reopen the educational institution under its administrative control for final year students after all precautionary measures such as sanitation and disinfection complete classrooms, laboratories, hostels are taken in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. .

The department has also issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Covid guidelines for conducting offline courses at these institutions. According to the SOP, physical classes will be conducted regularly to cover all chapters of the program, regardless of the coverage of some chapters by the online mode. “Whenever possible, physical education in the classroom should be recorded and shared with absent students,” department sources said.

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According to the department’s Covid prevention protocols, teachers or staff, or students residing in active containment zones will not come to universities or colleges. Wearing a mask or a face cover will be compulsory. Establishments should provide frequent hand washing or disinfection in their premises. Spitting will be strictly prohibited on campus.

Social distancing (six-foot distance) will be adopted in classrooms, libraries and laboratories. If necessary, overcrowded classes can be divided into batches, and teaching hours in a day can be extended. Respiratory labels will be strictly observed. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, according to departmental Covid guidelines.

Educational institutions should encourage self-monitoring of health. Reporting of illness by students and staff should be mandatory. Technical establishments should keep isolation rooms in all homes ready for the immediate transfer of any detainee reporting illness.

“Research activities will also begin in physical mode from August 9 in addition to the start of classroom physical education for PG, UG, diploma and ITl courses,” said department co-secretary Ajay Kumar Nayak.


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