GUWAHATI: As the number of people who were stranded in other parts of the country are arriving to the State, several schools, colleges, hostels, and hotels across Assam are being requisitioned by the state government to convert these into quarantine centres. The Cotton University Hostels have also been taken for the same purpose. The decision received a backlash from the Students' Advisory Council of the Cotton University and it opposed the government's decision.
Talking to The Sentinel, monitor of Rajnikanta Bordoloi (Cosmopolitan) Boy's Hostel stated that only 24 hours was given to the students to take away their belongings. "There are students from all across the State and it is not possible for everyone to take their belongings in such a short period of time. Many students were not able to visit the hostels thus their belongings have been kept at the hostel library. Who will take the responsibility of the belongings of the students?" said Bordoloi.
Abhilasha Neog from NBD Girls hostel said, "We all understand the present situation and we also want to support the government to fight with the pandemic. But this is not a right way."
Neog said that the university authority must suggest the Kamrup (Metro) District Administration to kindly requisite the open spaces, indoor stadium, classrooms of the university rather than using the hostels as quarantine centres.
"The authority must take full responsibility for safe and sound custody of the belongings of the hostel boarders. The district administration as well as the university administration must ensure total sanitization including white washing of total hostel campuses and maintain proper hygiene of the hostel campuses as well as the university campus as a whole before the university starts its functioning for the students," she added.
Another student, Gautam Gogoi, from Mahendra Nath Deka Phukan Hostel said, "It would have been better if the classrooms were made quarantine centres. The sanitation facility of the hostel is not suitable for corona patients as they will need separate bathrooms. Our hostel has around 60 people and most of them were not able to come to take their belongings. Thus, we have reserved a room and have placed everyone's items."
"Our parents are worried about our security. If some of the people who will be quarantined at the hostels turn out corona positive then it will be risky for us to come back to the hostels," said a female student from one of the hostels.