IIT Bombay. (Picture credit: www.iitb.ac.in)
NEW DELHI: District administrations across the country have requisitioned premises from over 600 academic institutions to be used as Covid-19 isolation/quarantine centres. This requisition began soon after the nationwide lockdown began on March 25.
Till now, more than 600 institutions, including universities and colleges, have seen their campuses and hostels turn into
facilities. The geographic spread of these institutions is nationwide, from Mumbai to Guwahati to Kolkata to Hyderabad to Dehradun to Noida.
The institutions include the likes of IIT, Mumbai and Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, that were taken over in March. The hostels of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) were also taken over for a Covid-19 quarantine facility.
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In April, Panjab University handed over two hostels to be used as
facilities by the Chandigarh UT administration.
In Noida too, that has emerged as a hub of higher education in the National Capital Region, the district administration has taken rooms at several institutions and turned them into isolation facilities. These include, among several others, Galgotia, Shiv Nadar, Sharda, Jagannath Institute of Management, and Times Group’s
As the country gradually comes out of the coronavirus-lockdown, the economy limps back to life, the number of tests goes up and the number of those testing positive grows, the need for additional areas to set up quarantine/isolation facilities has also gone up.
This requirement is bound to surge further with inter and intra-state travel opening up. States have their own policies and most now mandate that any person entering from outside the state must spend their first seven days at an institutional quarantine facility.