TEZPUR, May 9 - Tezpur University Students� Council has appealed to the government of India to reconsider the issue of using the Tezpur University campus as a COVID-19 quarantine centre.
In a memorandum to the Ministry of Human Resource Department, Government of India, the student body mentioned that in view of the recent developments in the Tezpur University campus regarding the establishment of a temporary quarantine facility, we believe it is indeed a noble step towards contributing to the society in this time of crisis. �However, this makes us highly concerned about the students and the residents still residing there. Currently, there are dozens of international and domestic students from Syria, Zimbabwe, Namibia and a few other countries still stuck in the campus, completely apprehensive of the ongoing situation and the quarantine centre is located within a radius of 100 metres of the Saraighat CV Raman Men�s Hostel where those students are currently housed. Sealing the roads will create problems for supply of essential commodities to the hostel,� the student body said
The release added that there are over 350 families residing in the campus currently with both kids and elderly individuals, which is a matter of serious concern. There is a single entry and exit point that further leads to the agony. Going ahead with the quarantine facility might mean pushing back the administration�s plans of bringing back batches of students effectively from June- July and resume academic activities if the situation permits. This will further take a momentous challenge to restore normalcy. �Thus, keeping in mind, the prevailing situation and probable problems we request you to explore the possibility of alternatives and substitutes to the Tezpur University campus. We are of the opinion that a now vacant and less dense government facility/area should be more suited to establish a zonal quarantine centre in Sonitpur district instead of a residential campus. Procurement of a residential campus leaves us with more threats to the residents, the release added.