In last week of March, 2020, the Chancellor, Prof. Samit Ray, transferred Rs.10,00,000 (a million) to the CM relief fund, and offered the campus to be used as a quarantine centre with a maximum of 1000 beds for isolated persons, along with quarters for doctors and 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. The honourable Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee accepted the offer, the District Magistrate, the Health Ministry officials and the Block Development Officer made several visits to the campus to assess the suitability of the initiative.
As on today, more than a hundred persons are kept there, those suspected but not proven to be infected, and their food is also taken care thrice a day by AU. Two doctors, some 12 healthcare professionals from the government are daily taking care, and ensuring sanitization, and servicing the persons in quarantine, and shifting whoever becoming COVID positive to the designated hospitals for further treatment.
As planned, after the quarantine usage of the campus (two non-academic blocks as of now) comes to an end, the detailed WHO guidelines for three-layer sanitization has been put in place to be executed and campus made ready for regular use for education.
In April, the university digitally migrated to TCSion Learning Management System for all academic and non-academic operations also. The staff has given a day’s salary in March to the CM relief fund for this cause. And are all engaged from remote to the task of teaching, evaluating and mentoring the students. Using all tools at our disposal, such as Google Classroom, Zoom Connect the University has taken learning and teaching, completely online.
The University has not only ensured that it has constant contact with students via online classes and discussion forums but also with parents, so that they are kept apprised of students’ education.