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2 more Pune colleges shut down

Yogesh Joshi, Hindustan Times  Pune, August 08, 2009
First Published: 18:20 IST(8/8/2009) | Last Updated: 18:55 IST(8/8/2009)

After schools, the swine flu scare has spread to the city’s colleges.

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On Saturday, Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College shut down its campus for a week while the law college run by the Indian Law Society (ILS) decided not to call attendance of students till August 14.

While SP College shut down after one of its students tested positive for swine flu, the ILS Law College took the decision as a precautionary measure.

Another premier institute, Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), has shut down its BBA college campus after one of its students tested positive, the management said.

On Friday, the Symbiosis International University (SIU) decided to shut down its campus on Senapati Bapat Road till August 13.

“The Symbiosis management took this decision after one of its third year computer science students tested positive for swine flu,” said SIU Principal Director Vidya Yerwadekar.

With the state government yet to come up with a firm policy on schools and colleges closing, educational institutions are deciding on their own to remain shut. Over 30 city schools have shut down till now.

“A meeting will be called under chief minister’s chairmanship in which a firm policy will be framed on schools closing,” state Health Minister Rajendra Shingne said in Pune on Friday.

“Currently, we have decided to let school managements decide on whether to shut down the schools. However, all the final rights in this regard are with health officials, who can shut down the schools by using their powers, whenever necessary,” added Shingne.

Meanwhile, acting on the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC’s) instructions, 200 city schools have submitted their reports on the swine flu situation in their campuses to the civic body.

“Based on the reports filed by these schools, the PMC will go for effective implementation of awareness measure in these schools,” said Ramchandra Jadhav, PMC education officer.


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