Chandigarh, March 27 -- In wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, research has taken a backseat at Panjab University. Laboratories have gone quiet without the hundreds of researchers who have been working on a number of studies at the varsity.

The Panjab University had already suspended its class work and directed its employees to work from home from March 15. Now, due to the curfew, more than 3,000 research scholars working in the varsity's teaching departments, have no access to labs.

The closure of labs is set to impact biological sciences more than other sciences because biological experiments are usually time bound.

Aitzaz Ehsaan, a research scholar from the Zoology department, says, "Without access to labs, research on tissue cultures and ...