Punjab University hostels to be turned into quarantine facilities

Lahore: Punjab government has decided to convert hostels of public universities into quarantine facilities in-order to deal with any emergency situation in the wake of coronavirus.

Provincial authorities have stepped up efforts and imposed Section-144 on Sunday to contain the spread of COVID-19 that has affected more than 50 people across country.

Earlier, Higher Education Department (HED) has directed all public university hostels to be vacated by respective Vice Chancellors.

Secretary HED, Sajid Zafar Daal said, “If private universities are asking staff to come and the staff does not feel comfy to come, we can restrict that. We shall see if there is still need to do it for private universities.”

Punjab University, with 8,000 plus boarding students, has the maximum number of hostel facilities. PU has a total of 28 hostels out of which 12 are for female students and the rest are for male students.

Dr. Khalid Khan, registrar of Punjab University has stated the university has over 100 foreign boarding students who are mostly from Sudan, Somalia, Nepal, China and other parts of the world, and they have been adjusted in two separate hostels after rest of the hostels were vacated.