Bhubaneswar, Apr 16: In the wake of sharp rise in Covid positive cases, the Odisha Government on Friday directed all colleges and universities to suspend examinations and physical classes (theory as well as practical) from April 19.
In an official communiqué, Higher Education Department Principal Secretary Saswat Mishra asked Vice-Chancellors of all universities and Principals of all Government, aided and unaided degree colleges to suspend all examinations and physical classes from April 19. Revised examination schedule shall be communicated later on after consulting with the VCs and Principals, read the letter.
The department also asked them to stop all classroom teaching and ask the boarders to vacate hostels by Monday. “Hostels should be closed down and the borders shall be asked to vacate the hostels by April 19. Classes shall be held online to complete the syllabus on time,” read the letter.
The letter said all institutes should function with 50% strength of teaching and non-teaching employees. The Head of the HEI shall decide the rotational roster duty arrangement in such a manner that the office work and academic/administrative functions do not suffer.
The instructions are not applicable to higher education institutions officering medical educations as they will by guided by the Health and Family Welfare Department, noted the missive.