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April 10, 2020

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India, and Institute of Cost Accountants of India contribute Rs 28.80 crore towards PM CARES Fund to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cost Accountants

New Delhi, 10 April 2020 — The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India, and Institute of Cost Accountants of India are the three Professional Institutes under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. They have come forward to donate an amount of Rs 28.80 crore to PM-CARES Fund for assisting those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) were created on 28 March 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic in India. This dedicated national fund has the primary objective of dealing with any emergency or distress situation as posed by the COVID-19 epidemic, and to provide relief to the affected people.

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Shoolini University Offers to share Virtual Classroom Technology with Other Institutions in India.

Shoolini University

SOLAN, India, April 9, 2020 — Shoolini University, located in Himachal Pradesh, India, is among the first to introduce virtual classrooms in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Shoolini has now offered to share its expertise with other institutions in India keen to teach students online.

In line with the top global universities like Oxford and Harvard, Shoolini University, which is run by a trust, has evolved a system through which professors would deliver lectures through a unique online platform.

Aaddoo, a technology company, has developed the system. Aaddoo has been working with Shoolini University for the last six months. Through the system, the students can attend the delivery of live lectures through virtual classrooms. They can ask questions and get answers in real-time by using personal computers, laptops, or smartphones. They can participate in real-time quizzes and polls. Further, based on artificial intelligence, insights on individual students are available.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. P. K. Khosla said, “Aaddoo was already in the process of developing the system for the last six months. We speeded up the efforts because of the coronavirus outbreak and the necessity of shutting down educational institutions and other places that witness large gatherings.”

“The idea behind the introduction of virtual classrooms was to save the academic semester of the students whom we have asked to leave for their respective homes,” Prof Khosla added. The Vice-Chancellor said the University would be happy to freely share the expertise with all institutions, including government schools and colleges so that students of such institutions do not suffer due to a possible prolonged lockdown.

Set up in 2009, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences is a research-driven private university with full-recognition from the University Grants Commission. A leading university in India, it is recognized for its focus on innovation, quality placements, and world-class faculty. Nestled in the lower Himalayas, the University has received accreditation from NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), while NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) has ranked it.

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April 9, 2020

Chandigarh University establishes Punjab's Largest COVID-19 Isolation Facility in association with District Administration Mohali.

Chandigarh University prepares two quarantine facilities with 1000 beds each and a Separate Isolation Facility for Doctors and Para-Medical Staff.

Chandigarh University


Photo: Medical Team of Chandigarh University at the CU-Isolation Facility at Gharuan established by CU and District Administration Mohali.

Chandigarh, India, April 9, 2020, — Continuing to extend a helping hand in the time of crisis, Chandigarh University, in association with District Administration, Mohali, has established Punjab’s largest COVID-19 isolation facility under its CU-AID initiative near its campus.

“We have prepared two CU-Isolation Complexes under the guidance of the Punjab Government. Each complex comprises 1000 bed quarantine facility, 200-bed medical center, OPD for patients, and protection kits, including face masks for patients,” University Chancellor, Satnam Singh Sandhu said. “COVID-19 dedicated facility has round the clock medical team comprising Doctors and 50 Para-Medical staff who will be looking after the patients. There is a 24x7 ambulance facility to shift the patients.”

Satnam Sandhu explained, “CU-Isolation facility has all the basic medical facilities, oxygen cylinders, and other biomedical equipment. The quarantine facility can be further scaled up for 5000 patients within a few days in case of emergency and if the requirement of the administration increases.”

Deputy Commissioner Mohali, Girish Dayalan (IAS), said, “Punjab Government is taking all precautions, and the District Administration Mohali is gearing itself to meet any emergency in future.” “CU-Isolation facility is part of the State Government’s contingency plan to prepare isolation facilities well in advance. In case the number of infected cases rises, the administration can take care to isolate them with the quickest response time,” he added.

“We are thankful to the management and the staff of Chandigarh University for creating the facility in a short time,” Mr. Dayalan added. “The District Administration Mohali is running the CU-AID campaign along with Chandigarh University in Kharar and nearby villages. The University Team is distributing cooked meals twice a day to more than 2000 persons. The medical team of the University is distributing free hand sanitizers and face masks to the poor and needy. We request other educational institutions and organizations like CU to come forward and extend their help to the Administration and the Government in this time of crisis.”

“We have inspected the CU-Isolation Facility at Gharuan and found that every emergency facility required for the COVID-19 patients is in place. It includes ICU Units, Medicines, PPE Kits for the Medical Team, and Ambulance facility to shift the patients,” said Himanshu Jain (IAS), SDM Kharar. The CU-Isolation facility will be beneficial for the administration, in case there is a spike in infection cases in the nearby villages or Kharar.

Chandigarh University (CU) is the youngest University in India to be accredited with A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).

CU offers more than 109 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

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Tulips at the White House

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Photos: Flowers decorate the fountain Friday, April 3, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photos by Andrea Hanks).

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April 6, 2020

University Grants Commission of India (UGC) asks University Vice-Chancellors and College Principals to look after the Mental Health and Psycho-Social Concerns of the Student Community in the wake of the COVID-19.

UGC, Students

New Delhi, April 6, 2020 — In a letter to the university vice-chancellors and college principals issued today, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked them to take the following measures for the mental health, psycho-social aspects and well-being of the students during and after COVID-19.

• Psycho-Social Toll-Free Helpline for Behavioural Health of Students — 0804611007.

Stay Indoors, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe.

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April 2, 2020

Ministry for Home Affairs of India asks States and Union Territories to implement Lockdown Measures in Letter and Spirit to fight COVID-19.

Modi, India Government

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, interacting with the Chief Ministers of States via video conferencing to discuss measures to combat COVID-19, in New Delhi on April 02, 2020.

New Delhi, April 02, 2020 — India’s Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) had issued consolidated guidelines on lockdown measures to be taken by the Ministries/Departments of Government of India and the Governments/Administrations of States and Union Territories, to break the chain of transmission of the COVID-19 in the country.

The Ministry said today that it has observed that some States and Union Territories are allowing exceptions beyond what has been permitted under lockdown measures, as contained in Consolidated Guidelines issued by MHA under DM Act 2005.

In pursuance of this observation, Union Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, has written to all State Chief Secretaries and Union Territory Administrators. He has asked them to strictly implement lockdown measures in letter and spirit, by exercising their powers under the Disaster Management Act 2005, to fight COVID-19.

India Government


Photo: Home Secretary’s communication to the Administrators of Union Territories.

Meanwhile, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, along with the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, will hold a video-conference from Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow (April 3, 2020). The President will confer with the Governors, Lieutenant Governors, and Administrators of all States and Union Territories. He would bolster the efforts at the Central and State level to contain and manage the crisis arising from the outbreak of COVID-19.

It is the second such video-conference with the Governors/LGs and Administrators of States and UTs. In the first video-conference held on March 27, 2020, 14 Governors and Delhi Lt. Governor shared experiences in their territories. The remaining Governors/LGs and Administrators will share their experiences tomorrow.

The video-conference would discuss the status of COVID-19 in the States, the role of the Red Cross with focus on vulnerable sections, and the part of civil society/voluntary organizations/private sector in complementing the efforts of the Union and State governments to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

Modi, India

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, lighting a lamp at 9 PM on April 05, 2020. He was expressing solidarity with the people of the country in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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