Amid crisis situation due to COVID-19

Amid crisis situation due to COVID-19; Chandigarh University Gharuan stood-up to offer helping hand to the needy  

In the crisis like situation due to the spread of COVID-19 virus which is currently prevalent in the country, Chandigarh University Gharuan has stood-up to offer community services such as distribution of free sanitizers, face masks, stand-by medical facilities to its staff members, residents of 6 adopted villages. Announcing the services, Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University said, “The situation is very critical and there is panic & fear amongst everyone in India”. Although the Union Government and State Governments are taking a number of measures according the changing situation, it is the duty of the organizations and corporates to come forward and offer help in any form to the needy and underprivileged persons, he added. Chandigarh University has decided to offer help of any sort to meet the emergency situation. The University has adopted Gharuan, Mamupur, Roorkee Pukhta, Mankheri, Batta and Madauli neighborhood villages.  

“Keeping in mind about the shortage of sanitizers and masks, staff and students of University Institute of Applied Health Sciences at Chandigarh University have prepared 2000 liters of alcohol-based sanitizers which is being distributed free-of-cost to the public in various villages, orphanage, old age homes across the Tricity” Sandhu added. Chandigarh University team comprising of NSS volunteers and staff members today visited village Gharuan and Jyoti Swarup Kanya Asra, Kharar to distribute hand sanitizers and face masks to the residents and orphanage children. The University team also interacted with the villagers to create awareness about personal hygiene and precautions to be taken in such a situation.  

“Old aged and children and most prone to the COVID-19 virus and it is, therefore, necessary to take special precautions for them; It is, therefore, we are distributing these kits to them” said Satnam Singh Sandhu. The University team will continue with the campaign over the days till March 31 in various villages, orphanages, and old-age homes.

In addition, Chandigarh University is in process of establishing a 24 hours control room and helpline facility which will offer emergency facilities such as medical check-up, ambulance, first-aid to the residents of neighboring villages. The University has also earmarked a facility in its university campus which can be used as an isolation ward, in case the situation deteriorates in the future.           

Vice-Chancellor, Dr. R.S.Bawa said, “The classroom teaching has also been suspended till March 31 and students have been sent back to their homes and due to this Chandigarh University has put to practice a noble and innovative way to deal with the situation”. With a vision to safe precious academic time of its students, the University has introduced the Study From Home Smart Learning System where the faculty is offering virtual recorded lectures and e-learning material to the students so that they complete their academic learning process of the current semester on-time and examinations can be conducted as soon as the situation comes under control, Dr. Bawa added.