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In a bid to guard against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of law schools are seen to be suspending classes and asking students to vacate the University premises.
On Sunday the Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad notified that it is suspending regular classes at the University. All students were directed to vacate the University premises by March 18, Wednesday and further all University buildings are to be quarantined as a precautionary measure. As of March 15, Maharashtra has the highest number of persons affected by the virus at 31 confirmed cases.
The National Law University, Ranchi on Saturday suspended classes until further notice. Students were directed to vacate the hostels by Sunday evening and those students who had gone home for the Holi break were advised to refrain from returning to the University.
Classes for the Law College, Dehradun under the Uttaranchal University would be suspended from March 16-22, as per a notification issued on Saturday, March 14. However, teaching and non-teaching staff were directed to attend to their duties as usual.
Regular classes at the National Law University of India (NLSIU) Bangalore also remain suspended until March 28. The University is in the midst of exploring options to conduct classes online March 23 onwards. It is also intimated that the University will remain open, including the hostels and the library. To guard against the spread of viral transmission, disinfection routines will be intensified and all staff and students have been advised to maintain distance while using common spaces.
Christ University exams, which were scheduled to be conducted on March 16, have been postponed.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune has intimated that it would remain closed from March 14 to March 22.
ICFAI Law School, Dehradun has also suspended classes for its students until March 22 to avoid medical issues arising out of viral transmission.
On Friday, classes were suspended for NLU Delhi and Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla on precautionary directives by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and the University Chancellor, respectively.
Pursuant to directions by the State Government, the National Law University of Odisha (NLUO) has also suspended classes. As per a notification issued on Friday, students have been asked to vacate the hostel by Monday, March 16.
Students of the Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna have been asked to vacate the University premises by March 15. As per a notification issued on Friday, classes will remain suspended until March 31. Hostels will also remain closed until the end of the month.
Face-to-face classroom activities have been called off by the Amity University until March 31. However, online classes are to be held from the next week so that there is no academic loss. Further, as per the notification issued on Friday, all faculty and staff would continue to observe normal working hours until further notice. A similar notification has also been issued for Amit University, Maharashtra.
Allied directions have been issued in respect of Jamia Milia Islamia University, where it has been advised that face-to-face interaction be avoided until March 31. Teachers have been directed to make study material available online. Seminars and conferences have been postponed and stay in the Guest House has been restricted. However, the notification issued on Friday intimates that the University examinations will be conducted on schedule.
Following a UGC advisory and in view of a number of requests made in this regard by the students as well, the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal has also been closed until further orders. Further, examinations have also been cancelled, the University has informed. However, it is understood that the University office will continue functioning as usual.
On Wednesday, students of the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur were told to leave the University premises by Thursday evening. Classes were suspended until March 18, with the University intimating that it would review its preparedness to resume classes on March 16, Monday.