JNU to establish COVID-19 care centre on campus

JNU to establish COVID-19 care centre on campus

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is planning to establish an auxiliary COVID-19 health centre on its premises, the officials familiar with the development said.

According to the reports, over 300, including students, have been found positive for the virus in JNU.

“We have lost some colleagues to the virus. We have gained victory over the virus to a large extent. A woman student had reported being unwell on May 15 but she went to her home and we checked on her. She is doing fine,” Sudheer Pratap Singh, Dean of Students of the varsity, said.

JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said the Delhi government is in support of the initiative.

According to Rector I of the varsity Chintamani Mahapatra, the meetings between university representatives and SDM are being held to decide on the establishment of the auxiliary COVID-19 centre.

“We are very aware of the challenging time. All the processes are online. The Academic Council had authorised the vice-chancellor to grant extensions in case students were facing issues in giving exams. The deans informed us and the cases were considered,” Kumar said.

“Even last time, we did not impose any late fee for registering late. Students can write to us and inform us about their problems and they will be considered,” he added.

Sudheer Pratap Singh also said the administration of the varsity is not allotting hostels because of the current COVID-19 situation.

“Not only students on campus but even outside campus have approached the counsellors for help. During this crisis, there were situations when the entire families were down with COVD, we ensured that food was provided to them from the college hostels. The COVID response team constituted by the varsity even worked at 2 am to find beds for patients,” he said.

“All the processes were in place but then suddenly the second wave struck. The National Testing Agency, which conducts the entrance tests, has a small office and is also involved in conducting JEE and entrance exams, some of which have also been postponed,” he said.

“We have decentralised decision making. In the COVID-19 situation, some adjustments can be made. The majority of the students actually want to complete their academic requirements,” Kumar said when asked why JNU has not suspended classes.

“In isolated cases where they were unable to take classes and they informed us, their requests were accepted,” he added.

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