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Odisha to reopen universities, colleges from August 16

The Odisha higher education department on Friday announced that universities and colleges in the state which were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will reopen for physical classes from August 16. Classes will resume for first-year postgraduate and pre-final year undergraduate students, the higher education department tweeted.

“Universities and Colleges (under higher education dept) will open for physical classroom teaching (and for hostel accommodation) from 16.08.21 for PG First Year and UG Pre-Final Year students,” the tweet said.

“Exams for PG/UG Final Year students will be held in online mode as planned earlier,” the department added.

With the improvement in the COVID-19 situation, the Odisha government has announced the reopening of shopping malls, parks, and cinema halls among several relaxations in all the districts, barring three cities — Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri  — where the coronavirus caseload is relatively high.

Schools across Odisha had reopened for students of classes 10 and 12 on July 26 after a gap of more than three months. The state government is also planning to reopen schools for classes 9 and 11 from August 16 and September 15 respectively, department officials said.

(with PTI inputs)

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