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Visva Bharati University cancels ''Basanta Utsav''

Visva Bharati University cancels ''Basanta Utsav''
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Santiniketan, Mar 6 (PTI) The Visva Bharati University

on Friday decided to cancel the ''Basanto Utsav'' (spring

festival), slated to be held on March 9 this year, in the wake

of a letter by Union HRD Ministry advising against any large

gathering in the campus in the wake of the coronavirus scare.

Member of Executive Council, the highest decision

making body of the university, Sushobhan Sarkar told reporters

after a five-hour long emergency meeting of the EC, it was

decided the customary ''Basanto Utsav'', which was being held in

the campus for ages as the festival of colours, will not be

held this year.

"Novel coronavirus spreads from gathering, it is a

dangerous virus and we have to look for small kids. If one

incident happens we cannot have any other option. Hence the EC

declared the Basanto Utsav closed this year. We will try to

have it next time," the senior EC member said.

The EC meeting took place in the wake of a letter

received from MHRD and Union ministry of Health and Family

Welfare requesting all universities not to hold anything where

there is a gathering, he said.

The UGC in its letter to Visva Bharati said for taking

combative measures to check the outbreak of novel coronavirus

in the country, a coordinated effort is the collective need.

"All universities and their affiliated colleges are

therefore requested to take necessary precautions and follow

the advisory given below in prevention/reduction of the

virus," the letter said.

Hence "universities and colleges are advised to avoid

large gatherings in the campus," the letter said.

Visva Bharati spokesman Anirban Sarkar said "after

getting the letter from MHRD we had no other option but to

cancel the Basanto Utsav in the prevailing situation. However,

we are grateful to the state government who had promised all

help in holding the event."

"We will organise it at a later date in future," he

said.

"We welcome the EC decision as the safety of people is

more important than anything else," Visva Bharati SFI leader

Somnath Sau said.

The teachers of the institution also said they were in

favour of the move even though people of Bolpur and elsewhere

in the state look forward to Basanto Utsav and Pous Mela every

year.

Rabindranath Tagore had started ''Dol utsav'' in his

institution with colourful cultural programmes.

The students of Visva-Bharti celebrate this festival

with Tagore''s ''Ore Grihobasi'' song every year as thousands

attend from different parts of the country and smear gulal on

each other''s face. PTI SUS COR SUS

RG RG


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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