DHUBRI, March 19 - Students of the Chemistry Department of BN College have made around 10 litres of hand sanitizer from chemicals available in their laboratory and aim to distribute the same free of cost among the public, as fears about coronavirus affecting people looms large.
As more than 150 people have been reportedly infected by the coronavirus across India, there has been a huge crisis of hand sanitizers in the markets of Dhubri.
Even if hand sanitizers are found in some shops, the shopkeepers are allegedly charging very high prices, making it difficult for people from the economically weaker sections to purchase them.
To curb this crisis, the students of the Chemistry Department of BN College, under the guidance of Principal Dhurba Chakrabarty and Assistant Professor Dr Murshida Karim, made around 10 litres of hand sanitizer. It was informed that the students used the materials available in the laboratory like isopropyl alcohol, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide to create the hand sanitizers.
�We will be distributing this hand sanitizer in all food stalls and shops outside our college,� said Chakrabarty. �Many people cannot afford the expensive hand sanitizers, and the shopkeepers are now charging exorbitant prices. We are going to distribute our hand sanitizer free of cost.�
The students of other departments of the college and teachers are also volunteering to distribute leaflets on the symptoms of COVID-19 and prevention measures to be taken in case anyone is affected by the disease.