Utkal University news: Utkal University postpones mid-sem exams

BHUBANESWAR: The Utkal University on Friday conducted a meeting to discuss regarding fate of on-going mid semester examinations and next course of action after government issued fresh Covid-19 guidelines. It has postponed all on-going examinations with effect from Friday.

PG Council chairman Basant Kumar Mallik said offline examinations of the university have been postponed till further order. “Mid semester examinations of pharmacy and rural management were underway in the university in physical mode. But we stopped it. These examinations will be conducted after normalcy returns,” he added.

He said there is no plan for holding online examination so far. “The scheduled offline mid semester examinations, which are yet to be held, are postponed too,” he added.

Online classes will be conducted for the students instead of offline classes. “We have also directed the students to vacate hostels by April 19. Scholars, researchers and students who desire to stay in hostel for research/project works will be permitted,” said Mallik.

On April 9, students of this university had blocked National Highway-16 in front of the university main gate here protesting the order of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to vacate hostels in view of rising cases of Covid-19. Later they were allowed to stay in the hostels following the intervention of higher education minister Arun Kumar Sahoo.

Similarly, Rama Devi Women’s University Bhubaneswar has discussed on holding examinations and classes according to the government guideline. It will start online classes immediately. It will conduct its mid semester examinations in online mode.

The university will also hold viva voce test of PhD online. It has also directed the students to vacate hostel boarders, official sources said.

These universities have already witnessed Covid-19 positive cases recently. It was a headache for the institutions to manage a large number of students during offline classes and in hostels.

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