IIT Bombay hostel renovation leaves students in mess

Residents of Hostel 7 returned for the new session, which began on July 18, to find that the building was undergoing renovation.

| Mumbai | Published: July 27, 2016 2:23 am

AS SESSIONS for the new academic year began at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, some of the hostel residents were inconvenienced by the ongoing renovation work.

Residents of Hostel 7 returned for the new session, which began on July 18, to find that the building was undergoing renovation.

“In an email, we had been informed that the rooms in the hostel were renovated but the mess was still undergoing work. Each student had been allotted a mess in Hostels 6 and 9,” said a resident of the hostel.

While 152 students were diverted to Hostel 6, 193 had to go to Hostel 9 for their meals.

Students said the hostel that accommodates 345 students should have been made ready before the new session began.

“Each mess can seat around 120 students at a time. During rush hours, the mess becomes too crowded,” said the student.

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He said the students get little time between classes for lunch and the crowding does not help.

“Some of us just stand and have our lunch as we have to rush for classes,” the student added.

However, the authorities said the hostel was made operational for the new session and the work in the mess, too, will be completed soon.
“It is difficult to renovate an entire hostel in a go as not all students leave the hostel during summer vacation,” said Soumyo Mukherjee, dean, student affairs.

He said the institute has taken up the renovation and expansion work of the hostels in batches.

Students, however, said the space crunch was unavoidable with the increased intake.

According to Mukherjee, a total of 2,600 have been admitted to the institute for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in this academic year compared to an outgoing batch of 2,100.

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