PATNA: Amid a sudden spurt in coronavirus cases in the state, Patna University (PU) vice-chancellor (VC) G K Chaudhary has tested positive and placed under home isolation. Two teachers of Magadh Mahila College, the head assistant of Patna Science College and a former VC of PU are also being treated for Covid-19.
Although regular classroom activities have been suspended in all the colleges and postgraduate departments of PU since April 4, teachers and non-teaching staff visit their respective institutions regularly. A large number of students also go to their colleges for works related to admissions, registrations and examinations.
Magadh Mahila College principal Shashi Sharma told this reporter, “Nearly 100 girls visit the college every day for filling up forms or asking for their registration numbers. Many of them even come in contact with the teachers and non-teaching staff, increasing the chances of infection.”
Patna Science College principal Sri Ram Padmadeo pointed out that it was difficult to stop the students from visiting their institutes if the university continued conducting exams as scheduled.
“They will stop coming to college only when all the admission and examination-related works are suspended for the time being,” he added.
VC demands online convocation: PU VC G K Chaudhary has written a letter to the chancellor’s secretariat for allowing the university to hold its April 24 convocation in the online mode or postpone it in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases. Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University has already postponed its convocation that was scheduled for April 22.
According to PU examination controller R K Mandal, the Part III honours exams, which will begin from April 27, may also be postponed. A fresh examination schedule will be announced soon.
Besides, the process of admission of students to various undergraduate courses both under the conventional and self-financing streams is likely to be delayed as well.
“We are trying our best to invite online applications from students for admission to various courses by the end of April,” said PU students’ welfare dean N K Jha.

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