22 students from the renowned Indian Institute of Management (IIMA) in Ahmedabad tested positive for COVID-19 after they attended the opening T20I between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium on March 12. Five students were tested for the virus to start with, but the numbers increased significantly since then.
11 students tested positive for coronavirus on March 23rd .The students alleged that the institute didn’t isolate the affected students . They also told that they weren’t even stopped from appearing for offline exams on March 18 and 19. The students also pleaded with the management for online exams, but their requests were turned down.
There were six exams scheduled between March 18 and 20. They conducted RT-PCR tests on the students and five or six of them tested positive before exams. In another test on March 19, more than five students tested positive. Despite being Covid positive, the students appeared for the exam and it was only later that they were isolated.
“The health of all the students who were surrounded by Covid positive students in the exam hall is now at risk. They only cancelled the March 20 exam,” a PGP-2 student was quoted as saying in Ahmedabad Mirror.
IIMA neglects accusations
In the meantime, the IIMA neglected any such accusations and called them “ lie”. The number touched 22 on Tuesday, March 23, and includes students, a few employees, and their family members. In an email response, IIMA put forth more clarifications.
The positive cases were shifted to the quarantine hostel even if they are asymptomatic tells the IIMA sources, the family members and staff are quarantined in their respective homes.
“The factual details are as follows: As soon as a positive report comes, the Warden’s office rings up the student and asks him not to go out and prepare his belongings for moving to the quarantine hostel within one hour. Typically the student is made to shift to the quarantine facility within one hour and confirmation obtained,” the institute stated.