Odisha Colleges and Universities to begin Online Classes from July 13

Colleges and universities will need to begin online classes from July 13, as per the Odisha state higher education department. Registrars of public universities and principals of degree colleges have received this information.

Secretary of the higher education department, Saswat Mishra, has issued a letter to the respective authorities suggesting the Higher Educational Institutes (HEI) allow issuance of books from their library. “Every HEIs must run a help-line through their teachers to frequently contact students telephonically to counsel them in these difficult times and also meet their queries regarding various matters such as online teaching, examinations, projects, assignments, and scholarships”, he said.

Institutes must also publish the results of the final year students by 31st August, he said. The HEI will conduct a complete evaluation or come up with an alternative method to arrive at the final result. Institutes are to carry out official work, except teaching in a physical classroom and running of hostels, with only 50 per cent of the employee strength. These guidelines will continue to prevail from July 1 to August 31.

The HEIs are supposed to prepare a schedule that would adhere strictly to the 50 per cent employee strength rule. The plan would cover all the teachers, officers, and non-teaching staff. As per the schedule, even persons not attending the institute must be available for telephonic assistance. They must also be ready to report to the institute on short notice, as and when required.

Recently, Odisha has also made provisions for online teaching methodologies for classes 11 and 12. Teachers will need to create WhatsApp groups to send notes and lecture videos, and clear doubts once in a fortnight.

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