In its efforts to help the government and health agencies in the fight against COVID19, University of Kashmir (KU) on Monday said it has provided quarantine centres at various campuses of the varsity to the authorities.
This is apart from lending its laboratory equipments tohealth department to enhance testing facilities, deputing research scholars toSKIMS and GMC and raising volunteers at various districts to assist theadministrations, said a statement.
It said the government and health department had sought helpof KU to establish quarantine facility and accommodation for doctors andparamedic staff at various campuses.
Accordingly, theUniversity administration on the directions of VC, Prof Talat Ahmad, decided toprovide two hostel blocks of Sheikh-ul- Alam hostel and an academic blocklocated at Zakura campus of the varsity for the purpose whereas one hostelblock at north campus and an entire academic block and one hostel at Southcampus of the University were kept at the disposal of the respective districtadministrations.
"Acting swiftly, Registrar University of Kashmir, Nisar AMir issued necessary orders in this regard and constituted various committeesat various campuses to coordinate with the various government agencies forestablishing the quarantine centers," said the statement.
It said Prof Aejaz Mohammad Sheikh, Provost Boys KU, wasasked to co-ordinate the activities/resources for the purpose while as Javedwas appointed as nodal officer for liaising with the government agencies.
At north campus, the statement said, Delina Baramulla,director north campus Prof Naseer Iqbal was supervising and monitoring thearrangements while as at south campus Anantnag, Aijaz Wani Director southcampus KU was coordinating with the district administration.
According to an official statement issued here on Monday preparations at ZakuraCampus started on March, 21st and within a weeks time the buildings were ready to serve as quarantine centres and accommodation facility fordoctors and paramedical staff.
"The first batch arrived at the Zakura campus on March 28and till date 192 persons were quarantined at the centre while as 132 have beendischarged after completing the quarantine period and sent to their homes or toother places as decided by the government," the statement said.
It said the VC and Registrar, Nisar A Mir have beenpersonally monitoring this centre right from its establishment. Besidesaccommodation, University also provided all logistic support for smoothfunctioning of these centres.
A total of 302 beds have been kept available at the Zakuraquarantine centre of the University.
The Boys' hostelcomprising of 16 rooms has been cleared after making necessary inventory of belongingsof hostel boarders and handed over to district administration for use ofdoctors/paramedics, said the statement.