St. Xavier’s College has provided its hall, canteen foyer and the XIMR terrace to the BMC to set up a 160-bed quarantine centre. This for people who had contact with Covid-19 patients, and then have tested negative, but need to be under observation for 14 days. Since these are healthy people they are likely to move around the place and hence Quad 1 and Quad 2 are also available to them.
For the safety of faculty and staff who come to SXC these days (to collect papers, etc.) these areas have been cordoned off from the rest of the college.
To help students frazzled by being stuck at home, confused about when exams may be and how admissions will be done, SXC started a Corona Helpline with 35 (6 professional counsellors, 23 faculty and 6 Jesuits from SXC and outside) ready to guide and counsel by phone. The Times of India (dated April 15) highlighted this, including giving how to access the Helpline: go to wellness.xaviers.edu and click on “Corona HELPLINE”.
In the desperate no-work-no-food situation of lakhs in Mumbai, SXC sent 1000 food bags to Dharavi (each bag contained provisions sufficient for a family of 5 for 10 days). Total cost approximately Rs. 5,00,000/-. This was distributed through the local Asst. Municipal Commissioner, Mr Kiran Dighavkar, an SXC alumnus.
Rs. 1,00,000/- worth of plastic face visors have been sponsored by SXC for the police. This was a need expressed by them.
Rs 30,000 has also been sent to Maharashtra Prabhodhan Seva Mandal, Nashik, for aid work with migrants there. SXC is now sending about Rs. 1,75,000.00 worth of medical kits to Kasturba Hospital through Urja Foundation.