BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced closing of all schools, colleges, universities and madrasahs in the state from March 16 till March 31 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In the press statement, she has mentioned that the internal examination of these institutions will also remain suspended during the said duration.
However, the board examination would be held according to schedule, she said.
Meanwhile, IIT Kharagpur has also suspended all classes and other activities on the campus till March 31 as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. Amity University has asked all students to stay at home and attend classes online for the rest of the month.
On Friday, Kolkata’s South Point School had asked students not to come to classes in the wake of the coronavirus scare. The authorities have put up a notice stating students are not to come to the school till they are notified. The annual ceremony of the school has been cancelled for the time being. Visva-Bharati had also decided to close its hostels, university, and two schools till March 31. It has also decided to postpone all academic activities, including Class X board exams due to coronavirus outbreak. Delhi, Punjab, Mumbai, and Kerala have already taken such a move.
The West Bengal government has already sealed its border with Bhutan to control the spread of the deadly virus.