The department of French at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara is conducting its classes for around 90 students pursuing the foundation course under trees, on the pavement outside its building. The department said it has not been sanctioned classrooms to meet the number of the first-year graduation students pursing the course. Faculty at the department of French said that several request letters were written by the department to administration, but all those went unanswered for over two academic years, forcing the teachers to conduct classes for interested students on the pavement.
Currently, the faculty has been allotted just two dilapidated classrooms — one with a capacity of 25 students, and the other with 15. For the students who exceed the capacity of the classrooms, the lectures are held on the concrete pavement that leads to the building housing the department.
A student, who hails from Rajkot said, “I was shocked to learn that I must attend the classes outside the department building in the open. The university is charging us the fees for our course and they should make arrangements. If they do not have the infrastructure, then they must have informed us at the time of seeking admission. I feel cheated.”
Many students who have been attending the French lessons said the department has cited helplessness to change the situation. Another student, who belong to Delhi, said: “We expect benches and classrooms as well as multimedia teaching aid that has been promised as part of the lecture instruction at the time of payment of fees.”
Students, who attend the hour-long lectures thrice a week, said at times, menacing langoors also disrupt the classes.
According to department in-charge Alice Anugraham, several requests have been made to the dean of faculty of arts to resolve the problem. “I have been corresponding with the dean to provide us classrooms so that we can accommodate the students choosing French as we cannot deny anyone an opportunity to enroll for the language. At this moment, we only have two classrooms and we cannot accommodate 90 students, which is why we conduct the classes on the road.” Professor Pradeep Singh Choondawat, dean of faculty of arts, was unavailable for comment.