Source : The Times of India, Last updated : 8 Jun 2020,3:55 pm

Over 600 academic institutions requisitioned as isolation centres

Over 600 academic institutions requisitioned as isolation centres
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 quarantine 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.

In April, Panjab University handed over two hostels to be used as isolation facilities by the Chandigarh UT administration.

Uttarakhand: 350 schools used as quarantine facilities to turn exam centres

With the state government planning to conduct the remaining board examinations in the third week of June, the education department has directed all district magistrates to vacate the schools-turned-quarantine facilities that have been earmarked as examination centres before June 15.

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 Bennett University.

IIT-Bombay quarantine centre for coronavirus gets more CCTV cameras

Following the collector's decision to use IIT-Bombay as a quarantine centre for incoming international travellers, additional CCTV cameras were installed on campus on Friday to ensure that quarantine norms are followed.

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.

Several Cotton & Gauhati university hostels to be made quarantine centres

The Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration on Monday requisitioned all six hostels of the Cotton University (CU) and two private schools in the city for accommodating inter-state passengers,

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.

Tamil Nadu to quarantine returning Tamils in college hostels

Taking a cue from neighbouring states, the Tamil Nadu government has ramped up institutional quarantine facilities to deal with the influx of Tamils from other states and abroad.

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