Central University of Hyderabad asks students to leave hostel as Covid cases rise; UoH student union opposes

UoH administration has urged students to travel to their home countries amid rising Covid cases

HCU asks students to leave hostel; The UoH student union opposes it (Image source: UOHYD Facebook)

NEW DELHI: The University of Hyderabad (UoH) has asked all students residing on campus and taking online courses to leave their hostels and return home in view of the increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases on the campus.

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“Students may return when the Covid situation improves, in which case the university will advise,” a letter from the Dean of Student Welfare, UoH, reads. The DSW has further asked students to cooperate with university authorities by responding positively.

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The student union UoH led by the Federation of Students of India (SFI) condemned the appeal by Central University of Hyderabad. “We condemn the notice as a call asking all students to leave campus as covid cases rise across the country,” the students’ union said in a Facebook post. The union has further assured that it will ensure that students are not forced to leave the hostels.

“Students who feel comfortable in HCU hostels can continue their stay on campus. All hostels will continue to operate with all essential services required,” he said.

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The union further called on the Office of the Director and Dean of Student Welfare to take the necessary steps to enforce proper sanitation measures on the UOHYD campus by equipping university staff with safety and maintaining a hygienic working environment at the university rather than forcing students to leave and travel long distances to their places of origin during a global pandemic.

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