Maharaja Agrasen College Converted Into COVID-19 Quarantine Facility

Maharaja Agrasen College, one of the eminent colleges constituting the University of Delhi has been converted into an institutional quarantine facility.

Maharaja Agrasen College, one of the prestigious colleges of the Delhi University (DU) which ranked number 45 in the recently released NIRF rankings for best colleges, is the first DU college to be converted into a quarantine facility for Covid-19. The college had been taken over by the district administration to be used as a quarantine facility with a capacity of more than 180 beds, amidst the rise in COVID-19 cases in Delhi.

The SDM of Mayur Vihar Amod Barthwal, exclaimed in an order issued on Monday (22nd June 2020) college officials will be deployed to maintain the facility. “The principal shall deploy a sufficient number of officers from his college to look after the institutional quarantine facilities on a 24X7 basis,” stated the order.

The principal Mr Tiwari has confirmed the development and said “We have informed our staff members about the college premises being converted into an institutional quarantine facility. We will try to do our best to help the administration in this fight against the pandemic,” as reported by the Hindustan Times.

However, the college is located near the Vasundhra Enclave residential area in East Delhi, hence the conversion of the college into a quarantine centre has made the residents of the area quite anxious as the disease spreads rapidly throughout Delhi.

It is very scary that a government college is being used as a quarantine centre right in the middle of a residential block. The college gate is right opposite my apartment and the society members are really scared of such close proximity to possible positive patients. I find it really disturbing to be in such close vicinity given that diverse demography ranging from infants to senior citizens inhabit such localities.

Anandi, a resident of Vasundhra Enclave

With students sent home, the conduct of online classes and many universities and college campuses all across the country have been turned into COVID-19 quarantine centres. Some of the first educational institutes to do so were the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad among a few others.

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Abhinandan Kaul

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