SILCHAR, March 12 - A day after four students of the Department of Chemistry at Assam University Silchar sustained serious injuries owing to explosion of glassware inside the laboratory, the Assam University Students� Union (AUSU) has written to the Vice Chancellor for ensuring safety measures at the laboratories of the varsity.
In the letter submitted to the Vice Chancellor Professor Dilip Chandra Nath, Biswaroop Bhattacharjee, president of AUSU said, �laboratories must be made safer for the students. There must a survey done across all departments having laboratories and practical-based chores to ensure safety of equipment and if any department is found lacking in safety materials like gloves, safety glasses and aprons, the authorities must provide the materials immediately.�
Further, Bhattacharjee said that the lab attendants must do their duties and remain present in the laboratories during the working hours. If anyone is found to skip duty, strict action must be taken against such persons, he added. It may be mentioned that Dipasha Sengupta, one among the injured in the incident on Wednesday is undergoing treatment at Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya in Guwahati. On the other hand, when contacted Vice Chancellor Professor Nath told The Assam Tribune that an enquiry into the incident has been ordered and the university shall provide financial assistance to the injured students as per rule.
�Our prayers and wishes are with the injured students of the Department of Chemistry. An inquiry into the incident shall be conducted and measures would be taken based on the report,� the Vice Chancellor maintained.