Aligarh: Staff, students and families living in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus barring persons engaged in essential services such as medical services, sanitation, security, electricity, water supply and essential hall services will observe the Janata Curfew from 7: 00 am to 9: 00 pm on March 22 as requested by the Prime Minister of India to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and no leave will be sanctioned to the medical and paramedical staff of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Dr Z A Dental College (ZADC), Faculty of Unani Medicine, A K Tibbiya College Hospital (AKTC), University Health Service (UHS), Medical Attendance Scheme (MAS) and University Health Office (UHO)-Conservancy.
The decision was taken in a consultative meeting of the provosts of residential halls and other University functionaries under the chairmanship of AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor.
The meeting noted that guests of students are barred from staying in residential halls with immediate effect. A majority of students have already left for their homes, while the remaining ones are advised to leave safely, if they want. The Vice Chancellor has also requested the staff and students to educate and motivate other citizens for observing the Janata Curfew and on other measures enumerated in various government and university notifications regarding Caronavirus outbreak.
While, AMU has suspended classes till April 2, the likelihood of further suspension of classes cannot be ruled out in view of prevailing situation. It was also decided to postpone the competitive entrance tests scheduled in the month of April in the larger public interest as a preventive measure to check the spread of novel coronavirus.
The deferred tests, are for admissions in the courses of BSc Honours (April 12), B Com Honours (April 12), BA Honours (April 12), BA LLB (April 13), BA Honours in Foreign Languages (April 15), Senior Secondary School Certificate-Science stream/ Diploma in Engineering (April 19), Senior Secondary School Certificate-Commerce/Humanities stream (April 19), Paramedical Diploma Courses through CET (April 22), Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (April 23), BSc Honours Agriculture (April 24), B P Ed (April 17 and 18) and M P Ed (April 15 and 16).
“Fresh dates for the admission tests will be announced on the university website, www.amucontrollerexams.com,” said Mr Mujib Ullah Zuberi, Controller of Examination.