Bhubaneswar, July 29, 2021 (PTI): The Odisha government on Wednesday decided to restart classes at the medical colleges in the state, officials said.
Colleges imparting training in nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, public health and other institutions offering paramedical and allied medical science courses will also reopen soon, they said.
The state government also issued a slew of guidelines for reopening of such institutes, they said.
Odisha medical colleges will restart classes
While the theory classes are to be continued online, the authorities are allowed to conduct practical/clinical classes and examinations in groups at 50 percent capacity.
The students must submit written permission from their parents or guardians to attend such sessions, officials said.
Guidelines issued as Odisha medical colleges will restart classes
The institution shall make provision for screening of the students for COVID symptoms, they said.
Students must adhere to COVID-appropriate behaviors – use masks, wash hands and avoid crowded places, they added.
Fully Vaccinated and unvaccinated partially vaccinated students should be segregated, the guidelines said, adding that the institutions should start vaccination drives for students and college staff in coordination with the local health authorities.
The administrative office will remain open on all working days as per the government guidelines, it said.
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Other guidelines for classes to resume
Academic, social, religious and sports activities will not be allowed for the students on campus.
The administrative blocks /office will remain open on all working days as per the government guidelines.
COVID positive students will not be allowed to sit in the examination but will appear in the next scheduled examinations (Annual/Supplementary).
This dropout will not be reflected in the chance certificates to be issued by the college authority subject to the production of the laboratory proof (Rapid Antigen / RT-PCR positive test report) of infection during the examinations.