Tezpur University students urge govt to shift COVID testing centre
Guwahati: Expressing serious concern over the decision of the Sonitpur district administration to sect up a zonal screening venue at Tezpur University in Napaam, the Tezpur University Students’ Council (TUSC) has appealed both Centre and the state government to relocate the facility from the campus keeping the greater interest of over 1,500 residents, including students staying inside the campus, in mind.
Being a residential institution, the move of the district administration has been met with strong resentment. On Friday, the TUSC requested the Union HRD ministry and the Assam government to intervene into the matter at the earliest.
As of now, people have already started coming to the university premises who were previously stranded out of the state. Most of them belong to Udalguri, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts.
Tezpur University has a total of 379 families residing inside the premises. This alone accounts for a whopping 1,500 people, apart from a few hostelers who were unable to leave for home during the lockdown.
Jyotishpal Deka, president of TUSC, said, “As of now, only health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has replied to us and told us to have a sit-down with the district administration.”
He is, however, apprehensive of the relocation of the testing centre and the quarantine center as people have already started entering the university premises for testing from Friday.
“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 Saraighat C.V Raman Men’s Hostel where those students are currently housed. Sealing the roads will create a problem for the supply of essential commodities to the hostel,” a memorandum of the TUSC said.
The memorandum also brought to light the issues of a single entry and exit point in the campus. People are unaware of the guidelines issued by the district administration which doesn’t mention anything about the inflow of people for testing and quarantining, waste management system, deployment of security personnel and many more. This has led to confusion, fear, anxiety and panic among them, said the memorandum.
Earlier, when EastMojo reached out to Sonitpur deputy commissioner Manavendra Pratap Singh, he said that under the Disaster Management Act 2005 they are allowed to requisition the entire university campus, if need be. “Having an illogical and false sense of fear will not work for anyone, as we too have a responsibility,” he had said.