A private dental college situated near Pune City in Maharashtra asked more than 150 students to get quarantined to take part in the upcoming exams. Due to the continuous rise in the COVID-19 pandemic, the college authorities have made this decision. The students pursuing various UG and PG dental courses in the D Y Patil Dental College and Hospital in Pimpri town were asked to get quarantined for 2 weeks before writing the exams.
They were also asked to take COVID-19 test prior to coming out their corresponding cities and reach college and stay for about 2 weeks in quarantine. Meanwhile, the students and their parents have demanded the concerned authorities of the college to postpone the exams considering the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the college officials assured the students and parents that they will be following all the essential precautionary measures.
The concerned authorities said that safety precautions like social distancing, sanitation, screening, and more will be followed during the semester exams. To make students take part in the upcoming exams in person, the officials have made this unique decision. This exam was scheduled to be organized at the beginning of the year. Due to the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, the authorities deferred the exams.
One of the relatives of the dental college student said, ‘The management has asked the students to come to the college by the first week of September and get quarantined for two weeks before appearing for the exam in the third week of that month.’ He further added that the current situation in Pimpri Chinchwad is not good due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Moreover, most of the students pursuing their degree courses in this dental college reside in other states. Due to this decision, they need to arrive at the Pune city either by plane or a bus. As a result, it increases the risk of infection transmission from person to person. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. N J Pawar said, ‘I reassure the students and parents that the college has taken all the necessary steps to ensure that all the safety measures, screening, social distancing norms, sanitation will be followed during the conduct of the exams.’
He further said that a seating capacity for 250 people is available in the college. Hence, there won’t be any sort of problem for these 159 students whilst taking part in the examination. Get to know the latest educational news on this website.