In case if the COVID-19 novel coronavirus situation worsens in the city, the Chandigarh administration has decided on a contingency plan. As per the directions issued to Panjab University, arrangements are in place for vacating four of its hostels to be COVID-19 care centres.
The hostels chosen for the purpose are three girls’ hostels (number 8, 9 and 10), and a hostel of foreign students. Over a thousand students stay here. But, almost all of them left for their homes ever since classes at the varsity were suspended on March 15. The remaining, 16 students approximately including foreigners, have started shifting to the girls’ hostels on the Sector 14 campus.
According to Harveen Kaur, hostel warden, for the students who cannot come, there was no compulsion for them to take the belongings. In such cases, the university would store them with labels in a separate room.
She added that if there are any valuables in the hostel, the wardens concerned to be informed. A member of the committee said that the process would be undertaken under video surveillance.
Furthermore, the university would give time to the students to collect their belongings. Any person on their behalf could also be authorised to collect them. The deputy commissioner has been requested to issue curfew passes to facilitate collection of belongings by outsiders.
The decision was taken on Thursday in a virtual meeting of a committee under the chairmanship of Shankar Ji Jha, Dean University Instructions (DUI).
News Source: HT
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