SAMBALPUR, FEB 10, 2021
After remaining closed for about eleven months due to Covid-induced lockdown, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sambalpur on Wednesday reopened its campus to students, amid strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines. The authorities, however, are not resuming physical classes immediately and have asked students to carry COVID-19 negative certificates and remain in isolation for 14 days after their arrival on the campus.
The first year and second year students of MBA have started arriving at the campus in batches. Students who are facing internet and infrastructure issues at home are given priority to come to the campus. The classes will, however, be held in online mode for the time being, IIM Sambalpur Director Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal said.
“The institute will take a decision on the resumption of physical classes depending on the circumstances and the government guidelines. Students will be returning in a phased manner.
“A set of guidelines has been issued to all students, faculty members and staffers. Those who are facing internet and infrastructure issues at home are given priority to come,” he said.
Students will not be allowed to leave the hostel premises other than medical emergencies and have to undergo COVID tests once the mandatory quarantine period is over, Jaiswal said.
The authorities have arranged for oxygen cylinders, beds and other essential facilities on the campus if any student falls sick, and a doctor will visit the hostel regularly, the professor said.
“Staying on the campus, meeting their friends and teachers will create a positive impact on their mental health. Our students also realise the need to normalise the situation and are enthusiastic about it,” he said.
All those who enter the premises will have to wear face masks and use sanitizer.