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Bengaluru: Colleges enhance safety norms as campuses turn containment zones
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BENGALURU: With several educational institutions turning hotspots for Covid-19 infections, authorities in many colleges in the city are increasing vigilance and introducing stringent safety measures to avoid infections on campus.

For instance, RV College of Engineering (RVCE) in Bengaluru, where two faculty members had recently contracted the infection, has told fourth and sixth semester students to continue with online classes for the next three weeks.

“Even though we had started off with one student per hostel room, many were sharing rooms. Now, we have gone back to one student per room,” said principal KN Subramanya. RVCE has around 1,200 students on campus now.

BMS College of Engineering (BMSCE) has also rolled back to a blended form with batches alternating on various days.
“We have formed a task force of faculty members who have been tasked with conducting random checks to ensure Covid protocols like social distancing and wearing masks are followed. The BMS hospital is also open for testing students and faculty,” said BV Ravi Shankar, principal, BMSCE.

A student from the college said security guards conduct checks to ensure everyone wears a mask.

NMKRV College for Women had planned to start on-campus classes from March 15 but when all students and faculty members — numbering some 2,000 — were subjected to Covid-19 tests and two students tested positive, the plan was abandoned.

“We then decided to take it slowly,” said Snehalatha G, principal. “While our science students come to the campus since they have lab classes to attend, a large majority of other students are taking classes online.”

Colleges where exams are under way too are taking precautions. “We have created a special email id and a faculty in charge,” said Meera HN, principal, Sheshadripuram main college.

“The other day, special arrangements were made for one of our students, who was a primary contact, to write the exam. He walked in later than other students and left after others left.”

Visvesvaraya Technological University has asked all the toppers to furnish RT-PCR test results to attend the convocation ceremony scheduled on April 3.

If their drivers too are not tested, they will not be allowed to step out of the vehicle.

A maximum of 100 students will be seated in an auditorium which has a capacity to seat 800, university officials said.

TOI had reported that of the 29 containment zones in BBMP limits in the past two weeks, 10 were educational institutions.

As on Tuesday evening, a total 89 students were infected.
The higher education department had, however, made it clear that classes and exams will continue offline, but under stricter vigil. Students are wary as many say norms are not being followed strictly and are demanding online classes again

17 more infected at MIT

Manipal Institute of Technology continued to report fresh Covid-19 infections although not as many as previously.

The campus was declared a containment zone. Of a total 56 cases reported from Udupi district on Wednesday, MIT accounted for 17.

This takes the total number of infections on the campus to 1,042. Many inmates in several hostels are infected. Of the total cases reported from the district, 39 were from Udupi taluk.

The district also reported the death of a 90-year-old woman.

Health minister K Sudhakar, who was in Mangaluru, told officials to ensure people followed Covidappropriate behaviour.

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