Coronavirus

Student Initiatives Lend a Virtual Helping Hand

Student communities from various colleges across the country have come together to tackle the worsening situation. This is an attempt to compile all the online resources and initiatives undertaken by the students across Delhi University and other colleges.

  • COVID Aid Resources (@covidaidresources on Instagram)

Run by eight Statistics students of Lady Shri Ram College, the community initiative directly involves around 200-250 people in the work of finding and verification of leads along with the help they receive via the means of the messages on their Instagram page (which has a reach of over 100K).

Resources Available: Mainly focuses on oxygen supply, hospital beds and plasma but is open to help out with other resources on demand.

How to reach out? Those in need or who want to share leads can directly message them on their Instagram handle.

  • Miranda House COVID Helpdesk

With a core team of 30-50 people, the Miranda House Helpdesk has a total of 300+ volunteers working day in and day out to provide genuine verified leads to support services during the pandemic.

Resources Available: Oxygen, Beds, Plasma, Home ICU, Psychologists, Doctors, RTPCR, Ambulance, Food/Tiffin and Vaccination

How to reach out? The Helpdesk is maintaining a sheet that is being updated constantly. Here is the link to the sheet.

  • 180DC Consulting, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College Of Commerce

Operated by around 40 students of the 180DC Consulting society of SGGSCC, the organisation has got together resources that are thoroughly verified constantly on a sheet maintained in the bio and circulated on WhatsApp.

Resources Available: Remdesivir, Fbiflu, Tocilizumab, Oxygen Cylinders, Oxygen Cans, Refilling Stations, Empty Cylinders, Concentrators, Hospital Beds (ICU, Oxygen, Non-oxygen), Home ICU Beds, Food Supplies, Influencers Magnifying Reach, Ambulance Services, Testing Centers, Vaccine Centers, Telephonic/Remote Consultation, Blood Banks, Home Assistance, Mental Health Resources, etc. 

Resources are available only in Delhi NCR but due to the scarcity of ICU and oxygen beds, they are providing information from places like Gurgoan, Noida, Panipat, Ambala, and Chandigarh.

How to reach out? Those in need can check out the sheet in their bio or direct message them on their Instagram page or email them

  • Placement Cell, Kirori Mal College 

With a team of over 30 students, Team Avenues – The Placement Cell of Kirori Mal College has been trying its level best to ensure that they leverage their professional and personal reach to help people in need of plasma at the right time. From highlighting its need and importance, cross-verifying eligibility criteria for a donation, to verifying the donors, their team is making an honest attempt to fulfill the initiative’s purpose.

Resources Available: Plasma Donor Bank

How to reach out? Interested donors can fill out the form.

Link to check whether you are eligible for plasma donation (as circulated by PC KMC)

As for those in need of plasma, they would shortly be releasing the list of donors through their channels and would keep updating it from time to time. 

  • National Service Scheme, Shivaji College (@nssshivaji)

The National Service Scheme unit of Shivaji College, University of Delhi has launched its campaign AASHA -“Let’s spread facts not fear” with around 100+ volunteers and faculty members. 

Resources Available: Under this campaign, the organisation aims to act as a virtual guide through which one will be able to find verified contact details of covid medicinal equipment, myth busters, COVID-19 helpline number, health and wellness videos, and much more. 

How to Reach Out? People may reach out to NSS, Shivaji through their Instagram/Facebook handle and through their NSS core team members which include:

Nisha (President – +919306131328)

  • Enactus, Kirori Mal College (@enactuskmc) 

The Research and Development Department of the organisation is overseeing all the tasks related to providing resources. Every member of the organization is scouting for resources. A total of 8-10 members are personally verifying those leads and posting them regularly on our Instagram handle: @enactuskmc.

Resources Available: Currently, they are providing leads for beds, oxygen cylinders, concentrators and refills, testing facilities, plasma donors, food facilities for COVID patients, medicines, testing kits, and other related equipment. Their objective is to cover any and every resource across the country that could be helpful. 

How to Reach Out?: One can directly message them at @enactuskmc, where they try to the best of their ability to revert timely. Additionally, they also possess an email ID and contact number associated with their handle which can be used for communication in an emergency.  

  • National Service Scheme, Hindu College (@nsshindu)

The National Service Scheme unit of Hindu College is working alongside Covid Warriors Hindu College, an initiative by one of their own volunteers. The core team consists of 8-10 students. Further, there are 3 group leaders each for the 4 WhatsApp groups and they are joined by the NSS volunteers. 

Resources Available: They have been providing leads for Hospital Beds (ICU/Normal), Ambulance (ventilator/normal), Medicines, and Plasma Donors.

How to Reach Out?: Anyone who is in need of any help for the COVID-19 patients can reach out to them on their Instagram page or can join the WhatsApp group created by covid warriors.

  • National Service Scheme, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (@nss.sbsc)

NSS’s COVID-19 Helpline is a social initiative taken by the NSS branch of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. There are a total of 65 participants associated with their helpline who are working on a volunteering basis.

Resources Available: They are providing leads for Oxygen Beds, Non-Oxygen Beds, Oxygen Cylinders (Refills Also), Oxygen Concentrators, Food Services, Medications’ Availability & other related services like verification of frauds, acting as a help platform, etc.

How to Reach Out?: People can reach out to them by directly messaging them on their official IG platform of NSS Covid-19 Helpline i.e, @nss.covidhelpline, or by tagging them on their IG Stories for the same. They can also reach out to them through @NssSbsc on Twitter.

  • 180DC Consulting, Daulat Ram College 

With a team of 30 people, the Daulat Ram College branch of 180DC Consulting has been offering verification services to the masses.

Resources Available: Pan-India verified leads for beds, medicine, food, oxygen, and other COVID-related resources.

How to reach out?: Anyone can directly message them on their Instagram page or reach out to any team members of the organization.

  • National Service Scheme, Sri Venkateswara College (@nss.svc)

The COVID-19 initiative is being organized by the National Service Scheme of Sri Venkateswara College. A group of 40 students is working on this initiative.

Resources Available: They have been coming across a lot of leads from all over the internet. So, they began with verification of the leads that they came across and now they provide leads for oxygen can and refill, plasma donors, hospital beds, Home ICU, and Nurses and medical supplies for COVID relief. 

How to Reach Out?: They are active on their social media handles including Instagram and have been working to cater to all the requirements that they come across.

  • Enactus, Janki Devi Memorial College

In addition to the members of Enactus JDMC, the helpdesk is a collective effort of Enactus and 60 volunteers working relentlessly around the clock to verify the information. 

Resources Available: Leads for ICU/oxygen beds, plasma, oxygen cylinders, and medicines including remdisivir.

How to reach out?: Those in need can direct message them on Instagram if they require anything and they deal with it on a priority basis. If anyone wants to volunteer and help Enactus in verifying the information, they can register for the same here.

  • Enactus, Mata Sundri College.

A team of 12 volunteers from within the Enactus society have volunteered to be a part of this initiative of verifying the leads. They came up with this idea since a lot of people have been struggling to find resources during these tough times.

Resources Available: Beds (Ventilators, with or without oxygen, normal), Oxygen (Refills, concentrator, cans, and cylinders), Meal distributors, RT-PCR testing areas and home collection, Ambulances (With or without oxygen), In-home ICU setups, Nursing Services,  Plasma Donors and District helpline numbers.

How to Reach Out? They are always available to people via direct messages over Instagram.

  • Student’s Federation of India, Delhi University

Run by the Delhi University Coordination Committee of Student’s Federation of India (SFI). Its activists and committee members shall be handling the process. They have initiated a Google Form to collect the details of students from Delhi University (or from any other university in Delhi) who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last four months and are willing to donate plasma to save someone else’s life. Those interested are requested to register their names in the form and an SFI volunteer will reach out to them. 

Here is the link to the form.

  • Technological Initiatives

Along with help desks, students are also generating online resources to navigate COVID resources. Developed by Apratim Shrivastav, a student at Delhi Technological University (DTU), this Twitter bot helps in searching COVID-related relief posts on Twitter easily. The work is extremely simple. One needs to simply add in the city, resource requirement, and specifications if any, and the bot searches Twitter for the most relevant responses. 

The tool can be accessed at https://www.apratim.codes/covid-twitter-bot/

Additionally, started by three Indian Institute of Technology Delhi alumni, CovRelief tries to centralise verified information from various sources in one place in order to aid the dissemination of resources to those in need. Milan Roy, Swapnil Sharma, and Pranit Ganvir developed the website to provide non-profit tracking of hospital beds. 

Link to the website: covidrelief.glideapp.io.

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