FPJ-Ed: Omicron scared – some educational institutes publish new guidelines, others reinforce old ones

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Educational institutions, especially postgraduate ones, seem to have taken the new Omicron variant seriously, and rightly so, it seems. From the publication of new times for entering and leaving the hostel and campus, even going for a walk in the evening is subject to rules.

Among the institutes that have decided to prevent than to cure include IIT Bombay, SIMC (Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication) and DY Patil.

Rupesh Kumar of the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications (SIMC) in Pune said night walks are not the same anymore. “I used to walk around anytime, but now I have to ask myself if it’s within the allowed hours.”

Rupesh also said that anyone who leaves campus for more than 2 days or even for a shorter period in another city must have a RTPCR test and can only return to campus if the test is negative.

Students understand that the rules are made for them, but the thought of taking permission for everything sometimes makes her feel restricted.

At DY Patil College in Nerul, the mess times have changed. The mess that previously started from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. has now changed to 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. No student or teacher may visit the mess after 10 p.m.

“We don’t have a lot of restrictions as such as the campus is full of students, including doctors, postgraduates and medical residents,” said Meghali Bari, a student from DY Patil.

At IIT Bombay, the old rules are applied with more vigor. Saket Mosha, general secretary of hostels, IIT Bombay, said that thanks to the ongoing pandemic, hostels are not packed. “Foreigners can be brought into rooms by submitting I-Cards to the security desk. But they are not allowed to stay in student hostels, ”he added.

Posted on: Saturday, December 25, 2021, 9:00 p.m. IST


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