Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor appeals for social distancing to curb COVID-19

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Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has suspended classes till April 2, owing to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spread and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor appealed the AMU students and fraternity to fight for the containment of the virus with necessary pre-emptive measures.

“It is a viral infection and prevention is the best measure which can be effective by social distancing and avoiding crowded places,” said the Vice Chancellor in a letter addressed to the students and members of AMU fraternity.

Prof Mansoor’s letter states: “I am writing this to you at a time when the world and our country is in the midst of a serious health crisis due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. As you may be aware that pandemic is a term which is given for a disease occurring over a wide geographical are or in several continents at the same time. We all have to fight together to overcome this crisis.”

He pointed out that the Dean Students’ Welfare and the Registrar have been issuing advisories at regular intervals regarding prevention and spread of COVID 19.

“I am personally very concerned about your (students and AMU fraternity) health and safety and I request you to cooperate with all advisories issued by various competent authorities,” said the Vice Chancellor.

He added that AMU is doing its best through the J N Medical College (JNMC), which has one of the only two virology laboratories in Uttar Pradesh doing the COVID 19 tests.

“As educated individuals of the society, you have to act as role models for other less privileged sections of the society,” he wrote in the appeal to AMU community.

Prof Mansoor said that since young people can excel academically and otherwise when they are healthy and fit, it is imperative to work together to overcome this menace.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) of the University has also postponed all examinations, which were scheduled to begin from April 1 and fresh dates of the exams will be declared in due course of time. Students are requested to regularly visit the CDE website, www.cdeamu.ac.