Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank asked heads of technical institutions, including IITs and NITs, on Thursday to ensure the safety of students living on campus in the aftermath of the country’s raging second Covid-19 wave. These colleges have over 21,000 students living on their campuses.
During a virtual meeting with the directors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Information and Technology (IIITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), and Indian Institutes of Science, the minister also encouraged them to actively contribute to the fight against the pandemic through research and innovation. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Education, in addition to Covid management and online education, the meeting also addressed the implementation of the current National Education Policy.
Congratulating the institutions on innovations they have come up with to help the country fight the pandemic, the minister urged them to contribute more.
“I am grateful to all the institutions for the kind of work that they have done in these difficult times. I am glad that institutions were able to come up with innovations like portable ventilator, cheap Covid testing kit, drone for sanitisation, digital stethoscope, bamboo furniture for make-shift isolation wards, and contamination-proof fabric,” he said in the meeting.
On Monday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare urged that educational establishments and common spaces be converted into Covid isolation facilities.
(Source: The Print)