Nearly 1,200 students and faculties representing almost 29 states and union territories including Maharashtra got training in handling the post-lockdown scenario and spreading awareness about Covid-19. Students of the National Service Scheme of Mumbai University are gearing up to face the challenges in the post-lockdown period and create awareness among the society on Covid-19.
The NSS Unit of Bunts Sangha's S.M.Shetty College of Science, Commerce & Management Studies (Affiliated to University of Mumbai), Powai, Mumbai, in Partnership with National Institute of Public Health Training & Research (NIPHTR), Government of India Under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and Women Against Cyber Abuse Foundation organised a National Level Webinar on “Sensitisation and Awareness of Covid-19 among students and faculty: handling post lock down challenges" for faculties and students.
The resource persons for the session were Dr Suparna Khera, senior administrative grade, NIPHTR, Rosy Joseph, public health nursing Officer NIPHTR and Vibha Singh (Master Trainer) and director of Women Against Cyber Abuse Foundation (WACA).
The topics discussed at the webinar were Epidemiological features of Covid-19, prevention of COVID 19: Safe practices at home, creating safe work environments for students and faculty and behavioral practices of students in managing stress stigma and discrimination. More than 1,200 students and faculties representing almost 29 states and union territories including Maharashtra.
Dr Sridhara Shetty, principal said, “In the lockdown period students were confined at home but now with gradual opening of the lockdown it is very important to train the younger generation to handle the new scenario. The webinar focused on strategies and precaution for educational institutions, faculties and students in the post-lockdown scenario.”
Also a testimonial video of Gaurav Sharma, a ground level news reporter who had contracted COVID while reporting and his quarantine experience and successful recovery was shown.
Vijay Vishwakarma and John Menezes, NSS programme officers who organised the session said,“ The students had lot of queries about their challenges for their future and career, usage of public transport, eating hotel food and maintenance of hygiene at home. Whatever misconceptions everyone had were addressed by the technical experts in layman’s language.”
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