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Vikash Sharma

The All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) has issued a circular directing institutions and universities to take special measures for the installation of several devices to put a check on the spread of Covid-19 during resumption of physical mode of teaching for the current academic session.

In its latest circular, the AICTE has asked its affiliated educational institutions to take the necessary steps for installation of air-sanitization devices based on Ultra - Violet C band irradiation in auditoriums, buildings, AC Buses etc.

The AICTE has also asked to install the 'Circulating Air Flow Purelevator’ technology' for lifts, toilets, washrooms and the 'Standalone Air- Circulation Technology ' for rooms to reduce cross-infections and restoring confidence among students during the physical classes in the current academic year.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the premier national R&D organisation under the Ministry of Science and Technology, has developed possible solutions and interventions that are required to contain the tremendous challenge faced by the country due to SARS-COV-2 virus that causes Covid19.

As a possible mitigation measure, CSIR constituent laboratories, CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIRCSIO), CSIR-Central Building Research institute (CSIR-CBRI) and CSIR- Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR - lMTech) have developed and made available air-sanitization devices based on Ultra-Violet C band irradiation.

“These devices, once extensively implemented in community spaces like schools and colleges, have the potential of reducing cross-infections and restoring students' confidence in academic places,” the circular added.

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