Agra: With the rising cases of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian government had issued many steps in a view to curb the spread of deadly virus including a complete clampdown on movement of people across borders. Amidst this, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has rejected the request of students demanding transportation arrangements to send them back to their home towns.
Spokesperson of the varsity, Shafey Kidwai confirms and said that the VC has clearly told the students to stay in their hostels and directed the provosts to provide counselling to them.
Under the prevailing horrifying situation, hundreds of students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) hailing from UP, Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir urged the administration to make immediate arrangements to send them back to their home states as they could no longer live there.
Although college officials initially initiated the process and sought the same from local authorities, but gave up after the central government instructed to seal the area and state borders. The VC asked the provost to convince the 4,500 students to stay in hostels.
Nuzhat Akhtar, a researcher who lives in the campus’s hostel, a resident of Kashmir’s Baramulla told Times of India (TOI) that she just wanted to get out of here. She said, “I don’t care. I have lost all patience. I’m scared and want to be with my parents”.
She acknowledged that her fears stem from various news reports on TV and social media, and said, “we are entering in the third stage and we don’t know what’s going to happen to us.” She said that their lives had become “hell” by being confined to a room.
Unhappy with the VC’a decision a Kashmiri girl student, Samreen Manzoor, student of post-graduation in Sociology, said, “Uncertainty of the lockdown, living far from their families and being virtually confined to small hostel rooms has led to depression and loneliness amongst many students”.