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NEW DELHI : Top B-Schools including Indian Institute of Management in Ahmadabad (IIM-A) Thursday announced to postpone their graduation ceremonies to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

“In view of the advisories issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the World Health Organization to avoid large gatherings since the eruption of the COVID-19 Corona Virus we have decided to defer the Annual Convocation scheduled for 21st March 2020," IIM-A said in the evening.

“The decision has been taken to preclude any risks to students and their extended families and friends as well as to the faculty and employees of the Institute," the top management school of the country said.

Earlier in the day, XLRI Jamshedpur and IIM-Lucknow said that they too have decided to postpone their graduation ceremony. IIM Lucknow said their decision to postpone the convocation ceremony has been taken in the national interest to curb spread of the coronavirus in the country.

XLRI director Fr. P Christie S.J., Director said “in the wake of Corona virus outbreak in India and globally we have decided to postpone XLRI’s annual convocation for an unspecified time. In line with the advisories issued… we have urged our students to avoid travelling and avoid large gatherings to mitigate the spread of the COVID 19. The decision to defer the convocation ceremony has been taken to avoid putting our students, staff and their families at risk"

Other b-Schools and universities are likely to follow suit in coming days as the government increases its scrutiny to curb large gatherings in the face of growing threat from COVID-19.

On Thursday, Delhi government said that it is shutting down all cinema halls, schools and colleges where exams are not being held till 31 March. India has reported 74 cases of positive corona cases so far.

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