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IIT Bhubaneswar postpones arrival for next batch as 10 students test positive for COVID-19

IIT Bhubaneswar has made the RT-PCR test and 15 days quarantining mandatory for all students who are returning to campus from across the country.

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New Delhi Updated on: March 29, 2021 11:04 IST
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IIT Bhubaneswar postpones arrival for next batch as 10 students test positive for COVID-19

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar has postponed the arrival of the next batch of students scheduled for April 4 after 10 students tested positive for COVID-19. "All 10 students are now in the isolation centre of the institute and are being taken care of. In view of the positive cases upon entry, the Institute postponed the arrival of the next batch of students scheduled for April 4, 2021," IIT said in a statement on Sunday.

The institute, in the statement, further said that so far, the campus has been COVID-free except for five cases in September 2020 and now some in the isolated quarantine center.

The students were being brought to the campus in a phase-wise process and so far about 50 per cent of senior undergraduate and postgraduate students are on campus with 100 per cent of research students.

IIT Bhubaneswar has also made the RT-PCR test and 15 days quarantining mandatory for all students who are returning to campus from across the country.

"During the quarantining period, the student health is monitored and food is delivered in the isolated room of a student. While in the first three batches, there was not even a single COVID case reported, in the fourth batch that arrived at the quarantine center of the institute during 20-22 of this month, three students' test reports with COVID-19 positive status were received late after arrival.

All in the entire floor of the quarantine center were tested and seven more students (mainly because of traveling/contacting the first three) were found positive."

According to the state government's health department website, Odisha currently has 1,650 active Covid-19 cases. 

The state's cumulative case count is 3,40,194. 3,36,571 people have recovered and its Covid death toll is at 1,920. 

IIT, Bhubaneswar campus "COVID-19 free": Director

Meanwhile, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar claimed that its campus is completely "COVID-19 free" though some coronavirus cases have been detected in the isolated quarantine centre. So far the campus has been COVID free except for 5 cases in September 2020 and now some in the isolated quarantine centre, IIT, Bhubaneswar, Director, Prof RRV Rajakumar said in a statement on Sunday. 

The statement said IIT Bhubaneswar nurtures preservation of academic life despite the pandemic prevailing around by maintaining safety measures to the entire fraternity.

It said the institute has invited students also to the campus to have hands-on experimentation with the practical classes, while the regular teaching is going through the online process.

The students are being brought to the campus in a phase-wise process and so far IIT, Bhubaneswar have about 50 per cent of senior undergraduate and postgraduate students on campus with 100 per cent of research students, it said.

Anticipating that a few of the incoming students from across the country would carry COVID cases, the authorities have made a prior RT-PCR test and 15 days quarantine mandatory. Only after the quarantine period, the incoming students are allowed to mix with the mainstream students.

During the quarantining period, the student health is monitored and food is delivered in the isolated room of a student, it said while describing the measures taken to prevent the spread of the infection on the campus.

In the first three batches, there was not even a single COVID case reported while in the 4th batch that arrived at the quarantine centre of the institute from March 20 to March 22, three students' tested COVID-19 positive after their arrival.

All in the entire floor of the quarantine centre were tested and 7 more students (mainly because of travelling /contacting the first three) were found positive. All 10 students are now in the isolation centre of the institute and are being taken care of, the statement said.

"In view of the positive cases upon entry, the institute postponed the arrival of next batch of students scheduled for April 4. The institute is not anticipating anymore cases in the quarantine centre and certainly not in the mainstream, because of the strict observation of the COVID safety protocols and SOP," the director said.

Other than the isolation and quarantine centre, the institute is free of COVID and everything has been functioning normally including the construction activity, the statement said, adding that the director inspected the construction sites on Sunday.

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