KU issues advisory, postpones events

Srinagar: The Kashmir University on Wednesday issued an advisory for combating the novel Coronavirus on campus in view of the guidelines from the University Grants Commission.
In a circular issued over the matter, Registrar KU, Prof Nisar Ahmad Mir ordered postponement of all seminars, conferences, workshops and other events scheduled in March that involved large gatherings.
The circular said that any student, scholar or staff member with travel history to any COVID-19 (the disease caused by the Coronavirus) affected country or in contact with such persons in last 28 days should report to the Medical Officer at the varsity.
It further asked faculty members at the varsity to be “alert towards any student/ scholar with signs and symptoms of Coronavirus and shall report any such case to University Health Centre”.
The heads of departments and other centres have also been asked to defer the scheduled field trips, study tours or picnics.
The circular also asked Provosts of Boys’ and Girls’ hostels to take immediate measures to monitor the condition of the boarders through their respective wardens and the Health Centre staff.
The KUs’ advisory comes on the directions by the UGC, which asked the universities to take preventive measures to combat transmission of the novel COVID-19.
The UGC asked varsities to quarantine at home any student or staffer with recent travel history to any Coronavirus hit country.
“Till advised by the treating doctor, the student should not join campus,” reads the UGC’s advisory.
Following the administration’s advisory, the KU’s Central of Central Asian Studies (CCAS) postponed the 2-day National Conference on ‘Revisiting Himalayan Borderlands: A Bridge Between India and Central Asia’ scheduled on March 16 till further orders.

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