'Too chilly for class' becomes a refrain

Patna: Colleges reopened on Tuesday, but the biting cold has kept many students away from class.

"Our class has a strength of 55-56, but today (Wednesday) only 14 girls turned up because of the cold," said Ayushi Shrivastava, a third-year mass communications student of Patna Women's College.

Ayushi's department was not the only one in her college with empty benches in class. Amita Jaiswal, head of the philosophy department, said only one-third of the class was present on Wednesday.

"It's too cold to head out in the morning," said a student of Vanijya Mahavidyala. "Me and my friends are bunking class till January 7."

Ritu, a second-year student of English at Magadh Mahila College, said three-four rows in her class were empty, and only 20-25 girls had turned up.

Nand Lal Paswal, head of psychology department at BN College, said: "The class had very few students."

A Bihar Institute of Lawfourth-year student said half his class bunked on Tuesday; Wednesday was only marginally better. Mustayeez Alam, economics student of Patna College, said: "Classes were not held in our department."


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