NUML varsity adamant on taking exams despite coronavirus cases
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad (TP) November 8, 2020: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) University Islamabad has convey an internal memo to the students that examination for the fall semester will be held as scheduled from November 9 despite the report of coronavirus cases in various departments.
The university’s internal memo from the rector and shared on WattsApp numbers of the students said that the scheduled examination will be held from November 9 and students of even those departments, where seven coronavirus cases were found, will appear in the examination. This internal memo has panicked the already alarmed and frightened students.
Sources told The Punch that the NUML rector has refused to budge to the demands of Islamabad health authorities and local administration officials to postpone the examination after seven coronavirus cases were reported.
After the emergence of COVID-19 cases among students and staff of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), the Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) and the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), the Islamabad administration on Saturday decided to seal various departments of the universities to avoid further spread of the virus.
“It is observed that seven cases of COVID-19 were reported from different departments of NUML University, Sector H-9/4, Islamabad. Two cases reported from Department of Management Sciences, one case from Department of Computer Sciences, one case from BS International Relations, one case from BS English, one case from BBA and one case from Publication Office (staff),” reads a notification issued by District Health Officer (DHO) Islamabad Dr Zaeem Zia.
According to media reports, this is the second time that NUML has been sealed after it had been shut last month for disinfection following the detection of COVID-19 cases.
Similarly, two cases of COVID-19 were reported from the Department of MS Data Sciences at FAST University. Meanwhile, five cases of COVID-19 were reported from different departments of NUST University Islamabad. One case reported from Department of MS Agriculture, two cases from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and two cases from the Department of Civil Engineering.
Officials of the capital administration said that the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination had ordered immediate sealing the departments of the universities for a period as deemed fit by the competent authority. Disinfection of the buildings and COVID-19 testing of all the exposed staff/students were also ordered. Moreover, all close contacts of the positive patients had been ordered to be quarantined for 14 days. “All the remaining departments are advised to follow physical distancing, hand hygiene and face mask precautions inside the classes, cafeterias and on campus to prevent further spread of the infection,” it added.
The capital administration has so far closed 69 education institutions over COVID-19 cases since they were reopened in September.
“We seal all those institutions with COVID-19 positive cases without any further delays, and there is not any bias for any,” Dr Zaeem tweeted. “Just so you know COVID19 is a virus and to contain the spread, we enforce lockdowns and seal schools or universities.”
On the other hand, the federal capital has been hit by the second wave of COVID-19 cases as Islamabad reported five deaths and over 300 new cases on Saturday.
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) reported 335 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths out of 6,469 tests carried out in the last 24 hours. Of total new reported cases, 207 were male and 128 were female. As of Saturday, the capital has reported a total of 21,302 coronavirus cases and 236 deaths. There are 2,516 active cases in Islamabad after recovery of 18,786 patients.