New Delhi: Chhattisgarh has ordered a ban on physical classes in colleges and universities amid rise in COVID cases in the state. In an order issued by the state government on Thursday, it stated that all classes for colleges and universities of the state will be held online and an attendance cap for academic and non-academic staffers in these institutions has been set.Also Read - 3-Eyed Calf Born in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon, People Worship It As Lord Shiva's Incarnation | See Pics

“Physical classes in all government and private universities and colleges should be prohibited with immediate effect and classes should be held online,” the order stated. Also Read - COVID-19: Chhattisgarh Permits Personnel Of Secretariat, Directorate Offices To Work From Home

All exams to be held online: The state’s higher education department in its order asked the colleges to conduct the first and second semester exams of all courses online or in a blended (online+offline) mode. The first and third semester examinations of all courses (conducted as per the semester system) for the academic session 2021-22 should be conducted in online or blended mode. The universities concerned may issue detailed guidelines in this regard, the order stated. Also Read - Omicron: Chhattisgarh Orders Imposition of Night Curfew In Raipur; Restaurants, Hotels To Operate Till 11 PM

Attendance cap for academic and non-academic staffers: “Besides, instructions should be issued to academic and non-academic staffers of colleges and universities to attend their workplace in one-third of their total strength on the basis of roster method,” he said.

The Chhattisgarh government has already shut schools in those districts where the positivity rate of COVID-19 infection is four per cent or above. Following that order, schools have been shut in several districts, including in state capital Raipur.

On Wednesday, Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 count had jumped to 10,38,060 with the addition of 5,476 cases, while the death toll had gone up by four to 13,627.