Utkal University Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing Ahead of Vice President’s Visit

Ahead of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Utkal University, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has accelerated COVID-19 testing on campus. The officials will ensure testing of all people who might come in contact with the Vice President, who will attend the 50th convocation of Utkal University on April 3.

As per official protocols, only persons with COVID-19 negative certificates will be allowed inside the premises to attend the convocation ceremony.

The officials of the university, honourable guests, and academicians who will be present on the dais, as well as the students who will be receiving their certificates from the Vice President will be undergoing the RT-PCR test. The antigen test will be conducted on the professors of various departments, employees, and volunteers in charge of managing the event.

Apart from the aforementioned people, the officials on Vice President’s duty for his visit to Odisha will also undergo the COVID-19 test.

Recently, several educational institutes in the state have reported multiple positive cases of COVID-19. As per information from the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, 32 new cases were reported on Monday, including 11 students from different institutes in the city.

Other institutes including National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar, Bhawanipatna Private College among others also reported COVID-19 positive cases.

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