As a part of the programme to subside students’ education, the University of Delhi is preparing a database on students who have lost their parents because of the unceasing crisis. A plan was formulated in the wake of the brutal nationwide second wave of coronavirus that claimed over 160,000 lives in April and May alone. On Monday, the varsity administration asked colleges to furnish information on the number of students who lost either or both of their parents to the pandemic.
In an attempt to identify such students, several colleges have sent out mass emails seeking their information. However, some have appealed to not pose a deadline on this task, as those recently affected may require some time to acclimatize. A case may be made for network issues and other concerns of inaccessibility such as social aid and guidance, all of which are time consuming.
Having said so, the university stands to the rescue of each child who may have undergone this extreme pain and wishes the best for them. The university has also started an online and tele-counselling initiative for individuals and families affected by Covid-19. This is in collaboration with the District Magistrate (Central District) through helpline number 1149127700. The initiative aims to provide counselling advice and emotional support for the rehabilitation of people affected by covid.
Finally, on Friday, P.C. Joshi paid tribute to the staff and students of the university who were lost to covid-19. The varsity committed towards clearing payments to the deceased employees’ families, and towards providing “free education to all Delhi University students who lost their parents in this pandemic till they are in the university.”