Odisha government orders stoppage of offline classes in colleges, universities
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After major states like UP, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Delhi and other states terminated physical classes in colleges and educational institutions, the Odisha government too is bracing to wrap up offline classes in the state. Keeping in view the mounting Covid-19 cases across the country, the Odisha government announced to shut colleges and universities from January 10, 2022 onwards. The official order received by the Special Relief Commissioner read, "All universities, colleges and Technical Educational Institutions (excluding Medical colleges, Nursing colleges and Institutions falling under the jurisdiction of Health and Family Welfare Department) under the superintendence of Odisha government shall halt offline classes January 10, 2022 onwards.
The order further stated that the authorities of all colleges, universities and Technical Educational Institutions shall revert to online teaching modes to keep the learning process in motion. It was also mentioned that all hostels in such academic institutions shall also remain closed from January 10, 2022 onwards. The order advised the hostel students to avoid staying in the hostel to avert Covid infections. However, the scholars, researchers and those students who are staying in the hostels for project work, research work and other academic activities have been exempted from this condition. All the ongoing offline examinations in the state have been directed to continue in the physical mode by adhering to Covid-appropriate behavior.
Furthermore, Coaching institutions and organisations have also been instructed to switch to the online mode to continue teaching. Notably, Odisha recorded 2, 703 fresh Covid-19 cases on January 6, 2022, while Maharashtra tops the list. According to Health Ministry, at present, India's active caseload stands at 3, 71, 363.
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