Petition for Birla Institute of Technology to take preventive action against COVID 19

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Many institutes, in order to contain coronavirus have suspended physical classes to avoid large in-person gathering. For example: 

1. Delhi, Orissa and UP have shut down all colleges.

2. ISM Dhanbad has waived off 75% attendance rule for this semester.

Even the Prime Minister has suggested that we avoid public gatherings and has shut down the country to foreigners for a month.

Unfortunately, we, the students of Birla institute of technology, Mesra, are not confident of the measures taken by the institute to contain this pandemic. As a matter of fact, neither sanitizers nor masks are available in our institute. Plus, Mesra has been receiving rainfall and has a cool weather and students have returned from different parts of the country after holi vacations. All these factors make our institute a good breeding place for the virus and we recommend the administration and management to take preventive measures effective immediately.

Some suggestions for the management:

1. Work towards providing each student with a sanitizer and a mask. Also ensure institute and hostel washrooms have liquid soap.

2. Waive off the 75% attendance rule with immediate effect for the semester. Avoid classrooms and labs, wherever unnecessary. Make them virtual. Labs involve different people touching the same keyboard and mouse, thus, spreading the virus.

3. Ensure BIT Mesra's dispensary has the equipment and skill to detect corona virus in a patient.