Universities in Delhi gear up to curb COVID-19 on campuses
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The increase in coronavirus cases in the national capital has prompted institutions of higher education here including the Delhi University (DU) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to take necessary steps to control the spread of the virus on their campuses.
While the DU issued guidelines on Saturday advising students to stay at home or their hostels and avoid physical presence for their academic work unless "very essential", the JNU on Sunday made it mandatory for all to wear masks at all times inside the campus. In a notice, the DU said that academic activities and essential works will continue with a thermal screening at gates, social distancing and wearing masks mandatorily, while entry inside the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, hostels and halls among other places will be restricted and no outsiders allowed.
The university has also cancelled booking of conference centre and seminar hall for any functions till further notice.
The Delhi University's St Stephen's College on Friday notified that 13 of its students and two staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh in the last week of March. In a response to the outbreak, college principal John Varghese said the inner perimeter of the college is out of bounds for all". "The outer perimeter of the college may be accessed by those with relevant and regular work after due process at the security counter. Faculty who are scheduled to come to college may defer their coming till a notification informs them of an improvement in the condition," a notice by the principal said.
Delhi recorded 3,567 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and the positive rate continued to rise to 4.48 per cent from 4.11 per cent a day ago while 10 more people succumbed to the deadly virus.