temporary suspension of classes due to threat of COVID-19 (Corona Virus).
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This petition is addressed on behalf of the students of VNIT Nagpur as a whole with respect to ensuring the safety of the students which is currently at risk due to contamination as the COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and even one positive case may endanger the entire student fraternity on campus.
As we can see every day there is an exponential increase in cases of Corona Infection in the country and there are already advisories and directives from the government's side to prevent gatherings and meetups. In light of the state and national health directives, most Institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT BHU, Major NITs such as MANIT Bhopal, MNIT Jaipur, NIT Raipur, NIT Kurukshetra, NIT Jamshedpur, NIT Jalandhar, NIT Sikkim, NIT Calicut, IIITs such as IIIT NISER as well as all state colleges have suspended classes or waived the compulsory attendance criteria with the view of protecting students.
Some of the above institutes have shifted their classes to the online medium through measures such as uploading class notes on moodle and digital video lectures.
The contamination chances through exposed surfaces such as wood and metal is very high with respect to this new strain of the virus and there are no proper testing facilities or equipment to handle the situation in Nagpur or the VNIT health centre in case of a possible spread. The novel corona virus has symptoms which are almost same as Common Cold and Flu so there is no way of confirming a suspected case of cough, sore throat, runny nose or even body & headache and high fever. This fact threatens the student community as there is a fear of contamination through exposure to the victim.
It is a request from us to take immediate steps for the safety of the students and if proper measures are not taken and public safety is neglected despite repeated requests and the corona virus spreads somehow among students, VNIT Nagpur administration will be solely responsible.
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