A large number of students belonging to different parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh staying in boys and girls hostels of Jamia Millia Islamia left for their homes in nine special buses arranged by university Vice Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar, said Provost Dr Zakir Hussain Hall of Boys resident Dr Moshahid Alam Rizvi on Friday.
“These students were stranded in hostels due to lockdown in view of Covid-19. And their journey has been made possible due to efforts made by Jamia V-C,” said Dr Rizvi.
Professor Akhtar expressed her satisfaction and said these students will now reach safely to their homes and be with their families like J&K and Jharkhand students who were also sent to their homes by the university through special arrangements a few days ago.
A senior university officer said buses left for Katihar, Purnea, Muzaffarpur, Nalanda and Bhagalpur districts carrying around 130 students with a student group leader in each bus to coordinate things.
“Three students of West Bengal are also travelling in the bus going to Katihar. Two university guards (ex-Army personnel) also went in each bus along with students,” university Chief Proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan said.
The official said buses left for the Delhi Government’s health centre for screening of students for fever and other symptoms related to corona virus and to complete other formalities before leaving the city. “Students were also provided with food packets, water bottles, hand sanitisers and face masks by the university,” he said.