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Swine flu shuts NLS Bangalore

NLSIU Bangalore will close for 10 days in the wake of the H1N1 influenza virus strain, following 20 deaths in Karnataka and the temporary closure of several other educational institutions in the state.

"The decision was taken as a precautionary measure. The university decided to close for 10 days, so that the entire campus can be fumigated. The fumigation process has already started," NLSIU Vice Chancellor R. Venkata Rao told news wire service IANS.

No National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore students have tested positive for the virus during a recent screening at the local Mallige Hospital.

Rao said: "We don't want to take any chances. When the university reopens, students will be asked to bring their medical certificate. We may further screen the students."

IANS reported that a few mid-term exams due to take place at NLSIU next week have been postponed.

One second-year NLSIU student has welcomed the decision of the authorities and told IANS: "It's a pandemic and the authorities have taken the right decision to keep the university closed for 10 days. The health of the students is important and should be taken care of."

Two Pune law schools, ILS and Symbiosis, were also closed earlier this month as a precaution against the spread of swine flu.

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