KAUSHIK DUTTA, Purulia: Sidho Kanho Birsha University in Purulia district of West Bengal, has decided to include coronavirus pandemic in the postgraduate (PG) syllabus.
“The coronavirus pandemic has a catastrophic impact on the lives of the individuals as well as the communities. The world has come to a halt due to COVID-19 with so many countries under lockdown. The researchers as well as the students need to study this and the impact of the pandemic. Therefore, we are including COVID-19 in the syllabus of subjects like sociology, economics, accountacy, political science at the PG level,” said Dipak Kar, vice-chancellor of the university.
“Coronavirus will be studied as a dissertation paper or project. 50 marks will be allotted for this,” said a university official.
Meanwhile, the university authorities had also said that the students have extended their helping hand to the needy people in the district and are providing food to those in distress. Beside making and distributing food and masks, the students also have donated Rs 10 lakh to the Chief Minister Relief Fund.
Meanwhile, Purulia is designated as a green zone. So according to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, restrictions will be relaxed in gree zones post May 3 including Purulia. Shops that fall in the green zone localities can be opened for business, but not within market complexes. Even shops selling non-essential items like books, paint, hardware, stationery, electrical goods will be allowed to operate in the green zones of eight districts. Paan shops and tea stalls have been included in this list. But salons will remained closed. “We will allow private bus services in these green zone districts from Monday. But the buses cannot carry more than 20 passengers and they will have to operate within the district,” Mamata said.
The government will also allow the opening of doctors’ chambers in the green zones provided they follow coronavirus norms like social distancing and the use of masks. “For the moment we are not allowing all shops to be opened as we have not received any clear instruction from the central government,” Mamata added.