A circular issued by university registrar P L Dharma pointed out the university will have to suspend classes in the wake of the spread of coronavirus.
“As a precautionary measure, we have decided to suspend classes for postgraduate/ research students from March 25 to 29. Stringent measures should be taken to ensure that all students in the hostels do not go outside. Wardens have been informed to submit reports in this regard,” stated the circular.
District health and family welfare officer Dr Ramachandra Bairy told TOI the department suggested the university to suspend classes after six cases were reported on its campus in Mangalagangothri. “Those students who tested positive for the virus are from different departments. However, there are many primary contacts of the positive cases in the campus. Hence, we have suggested the university to suspend classes and they have acknowledged it,” the DHO.
Dr H Ashok, district nodal officer for Covid-19, said that a meeting was held and given directions to the university authorities to manage the situation.
The health department has declared two houses in the city as containment zones after finding more than five persons in the families testing positive for the virus.
This is in addition to many professional colleges that are already containment zones. A house in Ekkur and another at Lower Bendoor have been declared containment zones after six persons in each family tested positive.