Students protest after insects found in UoP hostel food

Students of University of Pune (UoP) on Saturday held a protest demonstration outside Vice-Chancellor W N Gade’s office after insects were found in the food served at a refectory in the varsity.

Written by Express News Service | Published: August 26, 2012 5:22:09 am

Students of University of Pune (UoP) on Saturday held a protest demonstration outside Vice-Chancellor W N Gade’s office after insects were found in the food served at a refectory in the varsity. After discussions with students,the vice-chancellor asked students to form a 14-member team to monitor the quality of food.

On Monday,the V-C will hold a meeting with students to discuss issues of quality,quantity and costs of the food available at the refectory.

Gade said,“Students reported me today afternoon that insects were found in the food of some students. We will look into the matter. In fact,today I will have dinner with students there to see myself the quality of the food being served. The contract of the present vendor is almost over and tenders have already been floated for a new one. There have been several complaints about other contractors in the past also.”

Gade further added that from now on a 14-member team of students will monitor the food served at the refectory. “Two students each day will monitor the food and it will be a regular practice now. They need to be involved with the monitoring process. They will give me the names of these 14 students on Sunday or Monday,but they’re free to change the composition of the team at a later stage if they feel the need to do so. Students have also raised issues of quality,quantity and costs and I will hold a meeting with them on the matter,” he added.

Students,however,had earlier declared that they will not have food in the canteen unless a decision was taken by the authorities. “Today we found insects in the food,but this was not a new thing. Even earlier we had complained but no action was taken,” said a student.

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