21 Mar 2020 19:49 IST

Covid-19: IIM Kozhikode suspend classes, students to vacate hostels

The institute has postponed interviews for admission to Post Graduate Programme (PGP)

The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) has issued a series of guidelines and notifications as preventive measures as coronavirus cases increase in the country.

Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director, said: “Our institute has been proactive in implementing the precautionary measures that have been shared widely during the past few weeks, as advised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the World Health Organization. The safety and well-being of every individual of IIM-K Community is our top most priority and in order to avoid large gathering, classes of all academic programmes have been cancelled till March 31. Students have also been instructed to vacate their hostels at the earliest in line with the community safety measures adopted by the institute as directed by the government.”

He had earlier announced that the annual convocation which was scheduled for April 4 has been postponed. “This decision has been taken to avoid putting our community of students and families at risk, both due to travel and large gatherings,” he said.

Some of the steps taken by the IIM-K administration are:

Dissemination of advisories issued by MoHFW, UGC to sensitise students, faculty and staff on the Dos and Don’ts while combating Covid-19.

Postponement of interviews for admission to flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) scheduled from March 23.

‘Work from home’ for staff members of Group B and C, as per directives received from the Centre

Punching attendance by staff only using face recognition.

Restriction on to and fro movement of outsiders/visitors into the campus. They will also be subject to checks for possible symptoms by the institute. The security gaurds are equipped with contact-free temperature check guns.

Temporary ban on using of gym, yoga training and crèche facilities at IIM-K.

Provision of alcohol-based sanitisers, soaps, for use as disinfectants, across the campus and its various facilities, to promote ‘Break the Chain’ Campaign of the Kerala government.

Children from community have also been counselled and sensitised against group gathering and play activities.

Frequent postings on IIM-K’s official social media handles to sensitise followers on the best practices, preventive measures to be followed to combat outbreak as part of community driven sense of responsibility.

Essential services like housekeeping, security, administration and mess services will function. Further, the administration has also worked on a ‘contingency plan’ to cater to any upcoming exigency in the event of aggravation of the Covid-19 outbreak.