Vladimir Artemov, Vice-Rector for Administrative Affairs: "The majority understands that all restrictions are introduced for the safety"
Vladimir Artemov, Vice-Rector for Administrative Affairs of ETU "LETI," told about the work of the university administrative departments during the quarantine period.
On March 28, ETU "LETI" declared a quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic for the faculty, employees, and students of the university. Vladimir Artemov, Vice-Rector for Administrative Affairs of ETU "LETI," told about the work that is being done today by employees of the university administrative departments to ensure the functioning of university engineering systems and what safety measures are taken on campus for the sanitary protection.
– What tasks do administrative departments of the university solve during the quarantine period?
– During the quarantine, the work of the ETU "LETI" administrative management is divided into two areas.
The first is to ensure that the university campus is properly functioning. Every day the staff of the Chief Engineer's Department ensures uninterrupted power supply, fire and security alarm systems, water supply, and sewerage systems. They also monitor the operation of the university's boiler house, which heats buildings and residential apartments in Building D. In early April, the planting season begins. In the coming days, gardeners of the department will start planting garden plants.
The second direction of our work is to ensure the proper work of dormitories. Even though about 43% of students have left the university dormitories, it is necessary to maintain the environment for safe accommodation.
– What safety precautions are being taken in the university campus and dormitories for sanitary protection during quarantine?
– Since all university buildings are closed to workers and students, the campus is disinfected. The premises are closed and sealed. Only security employees, who work in emergency mode and do not leave the university campus, have access to them.
– Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education, emphasized that during the quarantine it is necessary to disinfect the campus territory, equipment, and inventory. How this is carried out at ETU "LETI"?
– We try to carry out disinfection following the requirements of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing. The students noticed that there is a smell of chlorine in dormitories. Unfortunately, this is a consequence of these requirements.
– Does the university have a stock of disinfectants for cleaning and hand sanitizing, masks, respirators?
– As of today, we formed such a reserve. The delivery of masks for personnel in contact with other people took place only on April 1. Disinfectants for cleaning were purchased back in mid-March, and their delivery is ongoing. Hand sanitizers will be delivered until April 6.
– What difficulties in the work of the administrative department in the current situation the university has and how do you manage to cope with them?
– When organizing the self-isolation mode, we faced a large number of tasks that we did not have to solve before. One of them is a serious shortage of personal protective equipment and all other materials for epidemiological safety, including chemicals, working clothes, barricade tapes, etc. The second problem is the age structure of employees. A significant part of employees of the department is in the risk group - they are older than 65 years. They have to look for a replacement and often volunteer students come to the rescue.
Another problem is communication between departments. Despite everything, the university lives: new projects are carried out, goals are achieved. Engineers draw up technical requirements and cost estimates for repairs remotely. Also, it is necessary to pay for rented dormitories, utility bills, completed works, and prepare new tenders. This makes it necessary to adapt to new conditions and rebuild the connections we developed over the years.
Special thanks to the students. We could see how their attitude has changed in recent days. Earlier most of them perceived what was happening with a certain amount of irony and frivolity, but today they imbued the gravity of the situation. Some students living in dormitories help with their protection, are actively involved in general cleaning. And, most importantly, the absolute majority understands those introduced restrictions are not designed to restrict their rights, but solely for the safety of students and university employees.