Dharamshala: The nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all walks of life, including that of students. The closure of schools and universities in India amidst the prolonged lockdown has adversely affected many Tibetan students studying in colleges and universities across India. In addition, some of the colleges have asked students to vacate campus hostels for the purpose of converting the place into medical facilities for COVID-19.
Recently, a total 83 Tibetan students studying in Baroda staying intact in their university hostel from the first phase of lockdown were notified by the university authorities to vacate the hostel as the campus was to be converted into quarantine facility. The Department of Education, CTA in coordination with Tibetan Settlement Officer, Sameyling Delhi has been in constant communication with the students from the beginning of the crisis and has been issuing them thorough guidance.
After fully reviewing the necessary guidelines of the State government with regard to interstate travel permit and coordination with relevant authorities, the CTA organised necessary transport for the students to bring them safely to their home states.
As of now, the Department of Education has been able to safely bring 29 students from Baroda to Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
All their travel expenses are being borne by CTA. The students are also provided with a daily allowance of Rs 1000 each. Similarly, 10 students from Ladakh were provided Rs 5000 each to travel back to their hometown.
It was also made sure that the bus was fully sanitized and everyone on the bus including the driver and the conductor had a medical check-up done before departure. They were provided PEP kits and were given specific instructions to follow the interstate travel protocols.
In the meantime, the DoE is making every effort to bring the rest of the students safely from Baroda to their homes in Himachal Pradesh, North East and others. DoE appreciates the cooperation and responsibility taken by RTYC, Baroda-cum Tibetan Students’ Association Baroda.
-Filed by Department of Education