Indore: Even as protest by inmates of hostel of Government Holkar Science College continued on Wednesday, they alleged that the college administration wants to closed down the boarding facility permanently, a claim rubbished by the principal.
“We are not being provided potable water and quality food at the hostel. We lodged complaints regarding this many times but to no avail. This is because, the college administration wants us to leave the hostel so that they could shift a department there,” claimed hostellers who had gone on strike on Tuesday night complaining that water and power supply to the boarding facility has been snapped.
About 10 years ago, this hostel used to house about 400 students from PG and UG courses. But a decade ago, the college administration gave a major portion of hostel building on rent to a bank. Later, Statistics Department was also shifted to another portion of the hostel. Today, the hostel houses merely 80 students.
“The college administration wishes that we also leave the hostel following poor facilities, so that it could be closed permanently and allocated to some department,” the protesting hostellers alleged.
Rubbishing the allegations, principal KN Chaturvedi said that they have plan to construct new hostels on the campus so there is no question of closing down the existing one. He also rubbished allegations of poor quality food served at hostel mess.
“A committee regularly monitors quality of food at the mess. And as for as allegation regarding drinking water is concerned, water purifiers have been installed at the hostel which are checked on regular basis,” he said.
Hosteller suffers from food poisoning
A hosteller was admitted in a private hospital with a complaint of food poisoning. Pushpendra Mishra was taken ill at MediSquare in the afternoon when he complained of vomiting and uneasiness after consuming food at the hostel mess. The principal claimed that his medical report confirmed that he had no food poisoning. However, Pushpendra claimed otherwise.