With the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, there was an enormous scarcity in the availability of hand sanitizers in the market. Therefore, the staff of Department of Chemistry of Bishop Chulaparambil College, Kottayam decided to share their expertise, skills and knowledge to initiate the preparation of hand sanitizers. At this time, there were strict instructions from the Higher Education Department, Government of Kerala and M.G. University, Kottayam to sanitize exam halls and class rooms well to prevent the spread of Corona virus.
Sanitizers were prepared according to WHO standards by the Department of Chemistry. Hand sanitizers were kept in the main entrance of the college and all the staff and students were asked to use it before entering and leaving the campus. All the exam invigilators were provided with hand sanitizers, gloves and masks too.