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After IIT-M virus cluster, colleges step up guard

After IIT-Madras reported several Covid-19 cases, universities and colleges in the city have sprung into action to carry out a reality check of precautionary measures put in place by them.

While some have screened their students for Covid-19 symptoms, others are likely to make a 14-day quarantine mandatory for their outstation students.

Anna University’s College of Engineering, Guindy, and Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet house more than 1,200 students after the state government allowed reopening classes for final year UG students last week.

“We have tested one student, who had fever, and isolated the entire block. The test results will be available tomorrow,” said S Iniyan, dean, College of Engineering, Guindy.

CEG administration will organise a camp to test the students with symptoms. Hostel wardens gave counselling to the students on Monday.

N Mathivanan, registrar (incharge) of Madras University, said the university had screened students for after receiving information about Covid cluster at IIT Madras.

“We do not have any students with Covid symptoms at our hostels. We are closely monitoring the situation,” he said.

SRM Institute of Science and Technology has opened the campus for medical, dental students and research scholars recently.

“Around 500 students are staying on the campus. Fortunately, there are no Covid cases on our campus. The reopening is expected only in January when next semester commences,” said Sandeep Sancheti, vice-chancellor of SRMIST.