The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has suspended the offline classes due to a surge in the COVID-19 cases. On Monday, the administration took out a notice saying that offline classes will remain suspended and called for early Holi holidays from Tuesday. The cases of COVID-19 have been increasing for the past few days on the university premises.
The decision was taken after a review meeting chaired by the Vice-Chancellor on Monday “in light of rising cases of COVID-19 positive students in the hostels and “the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in the hospital”, a university statement said.
The university also stated that as per the schedule of the holidays, online classes will be held after the holidays. In context to the exams, if the COVID-19 situation keeps worsening, then the exams will also be held online. On its official social media handle, BHU stated: “In wake of rising COVID-19 cases, it is feared that the situation may worsen in coming days, hence, students are encouraged to leave the hostels by taking their books and study material and continue their studies through online classes and take the examination which may be conducted in online mode, if the situation demands.”
The university has also conveyed to the students that they should avoid gathering in the hostels of the university. After the holidays, a review meeting will be held in the first week of April to review the situation. Therefore, candidates are advised to keep visiting the official website of Banaras Hindu University to stay updated with the latest developments.