The COVID – 19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world. It is on a killing spree, sparing no country. No medicine, no vaccine has yet been developed, that can combat this virus. The world is virtually under a lockdown, with daily loss of lives and livelihood. India and our State of West Bengal has also been badly affected. In a way, it has united all of us, and we are doing what we can.
In last week of March, 2020, the honorable Chancellor of Adamas University, Prof Samit Ray, transferred Rs.10,00,000 (1 million) to the Chief Minister’s Emergency Relief Fund for use in COVID relief. He also offered the campus of Adamas to be used as a 1000 bed-hospital and quarantine centre for COVID affected patients, along with housing doctors and other health professionals. Adamas was the first university in the country to have made this offer for an isolation centre, in spite of being a non-medical university.
This bold and magnanimous initiative of the honorable Chancellor was widely acclaimed not only in India, but across the world. Tributes and letters of appreciation were received across all continents. Here are some of them.