The 391 students coming back to Assam from coaching hub Kota in Rajasthan will reach Srirampur Entry Check gate across Assam-West Bengal border on April 26th, 2020.
The students will be screened for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on entering Assam at Srirampur border.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to proceed to Guwahati and will be quarantined in Kokrajhar district bordering West Bengal.
He also said that rest of the students would be kept at the Sarusajai quarantine facility in Guwahati.
The students started their 2,000-kilometre homeward journey from Kota on April 24th, 2020 in 17 buses. The buses passed through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
The students paid Rs 7,000 per head to return back to Assam.
Sarma also informed that the health department will conduct swab tests on the students on the fifth day upon their arrival in Assam. The students will be released as per the test reports and doctor’s advice.
Kota is a coaching hub where medical and engineering aspirants from across the country go every year in large numbers.
Thousands of students from across the country preparing for competitive exams have been stuck in coaching hub Kota following the COVID-19 lockdown.
After Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand brought back their students, Assam facilitated the return of 391 stranded students from Kota.