The Odisha government has decided to suspend all examination and physical classes in universities and colleges under the State Higher Education Department due to the rise in Covid-19 cases. The classes will be suspended from April 19, 2021.
According to the State Government's release, the order has been issued by the Principal Secretary of Higher Education for the Vice-Chancellors of Universities, and Principals of all government degree colleges.
Odisha Higher Education Department informed this through a tweet and directed all the universities and colleges to not conduct any physical classes amid the second wave of Covid-19.
Examinations and physical classes in universities and colleges coming under Higher Education Department are suspended from 19th April.— ଉଚ୍ଚଶିକ୍ଷା ବିଭାଗ, ଓଡିଶା ସରକାର 🇮🇳 (@DHE_Odisha) April 16, 2021
"The examinations and physical classes including theory and practical shall be suspended from 19 April 2021. The revised exam schedule will be announced later," said the State government.
"The hostels shall be closed and the universities and colleges authorities have been asked to vacate the hostels by 19 April 2021. The classes will be conducted in the online mode," it added.
"All the higher education institutes would function with 50 percent strength of teaching and non-teaching staffs. The rotational roster duty arrangement shall be decided in such a manner that the office work and administrative functions do not suffer," said the government.
However, these instructions are not applicable to the higher education institutions offering courses related to health and medical.
Earlier, the government had postponed all Class 10 and 12 board examinations. The physical classes for students of Class 10 and 12 were also stopped in view of the ongoing crisis.