16 Mar 2020 15:12 IST

IIM Kozhikode defers convocation to avoid Covid-19 risk

The two-day ceremony was to begin from April 3; new dates to be announced later

After several B-schools postponed the annual convocations, the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) has also decided to defer the event due to the prevailing circumstances around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The two-day ceremony was to begin from April 3 with a pre-convocation cultural night for students, their families and the IIM-K community; followed by the main ceremony.

Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode, said: “Considering that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared COVID-19 as a pandemic and the advisories issued by the Health Ministries and Goverment of Kerala advocate avoiding public gatherings, we have taken the decision to postpone convocation 2020 indefinitely. At a time when the world is combating an unprecedented challenge of this magnitude, we at IIM-K will stand by guidelines issued by the governing bodies in national interest.We will be announcing the new dates in due course of time.”

Prof Chatterjee also added that Nestle India Managing Director and Chairperson Suresh Narayanan will be the chief guest for the occasion.