Students from the University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce inaugurated a 280 liter per minute oxygen plant at the Commonwealth Games Village here on Monday. SRCC students said they raised Rs 35 lakh in 10 days through online fundraising for the plant.
Delhi had fought a brutal second wave of the pandemic in April and May, in which a large number of lives were lost due to lack of beds and oxygen, compounding people’s problems, the Commonwealth Games Center has been converted into a 500-bed Covid care center by the Delhi government. The ceremony was attended by SRCC alumni and BJP leader Vijay Goel.
He expressed his happiness and pride in being a student at an institution like SRCC where students have always been at the forefront when it comes to helping the community. He expressed appreciation for the efforts of the teachers and faculty authorities, as well as the “Doctors for You” who collaborated on the initiative, to play a key role in launching the campaign.
The university’s principal, Professor Simrit Kaur, described it as a “commendable effort” on the part of the university’s students. “My gratitude for the one rupee contribution and the one lakh rupees contribution were equal. It is the thought that is important, not the amount,” she said.
The students said the plant could save 20 to 30 lives at a time. “The plant will be installed in a permanent government health center after the pandemic with the help of the district authorities who were also present at the event,” said Professor Kaur.
Sunil Kumar, Nodal Officer, CWG Covid Centre, District Management, explained the journey of turning the Commonwealth Games Center into a Covid care center. The efforts of the students, he said, attest that “our team spirit and their work will be an inspiration to many more.” “The values, ethics and life skills of students are what constitute an innovative institution and this has been proven by SRCC students,” said Dr. Rajat Jain of Doctors For You.