The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has recently faced huge drawbacks due to the ongoing covid pandemic. In recent months, AMU has recently witnessed the death of 16 staff members due to complications related to coronavirus.
However, The AMU on Sunday said that they have sent the samples from among its member collected at its covid-19 testing laboratory to the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in New Delhi for speculation related to New Genome sequencing as there is growing suspicion of new covid variant leading to high rate of cases among people in Aligarh.
Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor wrote in a letter accompanying the samples, “This is to bring into your notice that 16 AMU faculty members, a number of retired teachers and employees in other categories, who were living on the university campus and adjoining localities have succumbed to Covid-19.”
Mansoor also added that the no. of cases was giving rise to a suspicion that a new viral variant might be circulated in the Civil Lines area of Aligarh in which AMU and other important locality with great population were situated.
He also requested the CISR institute to provide instruction to the department of the ICMR to perform analysis of covid-19 samples from their lab to investigate a new variant of a covid variant.
AMU PRO Omar Peezada said that samples were collected and sent as per the guidelines set by ICMR. Mansoor also expressed that the university is deeply concerned about the deaths of its faculty members and other employees.