IIT-Kharagpur facilitates return of 35 students to hometown, more to follow

Kolkata, May 16 () IIT-Kharagpur on Saturday saidit arranged for the return of 35 students to their hometown inKolkata amid the coronavirus lockdown, and plans to facilitatethe journey back home for more students from next week.

An institute spokesperson said at present, there aremore than 5,000 students residing inside the campus and out ofthem, close to 700 have expressed their desire to go home.

In the first installment, IIT-Kharagpur arranged fortwo buses to drop 35 students to Kolkata on Thursday andFriday.

Students opting to go home have been advised to stayin self-isolation for two weeks, the spokesperson said.Advertisement

Talking about the initiative, Kinjal Bhattacharyya, astudent at the Department of Chemistry said, "My decision tomove to Kolkata was to support my parents in daily activitiesduring this time of crisis. The institute was kind to makearrangements for medical checkups and travel in sanitiedbuses."

Ankita Gupta, who recently reached her home atBasirhat in North 24 Parganas district, said, "... Being afirst year MSc student and with my friends already away fromthe campus, I felt being at home would be happier thoughcampus was safer."

The majority of the students, however, have decided tostay back at the campus. SUSRBT RBT

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