Indore: Even as protests by students of Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT-I) over alleged substandard food being served to them continued, institute director Pradeep Mathur on Monday refused to recognise the problem saying There is no issue with the food at all and that merely a handful of students were participating in the protests.
There are over 1,000 students and about 500 staff on the campus. All of them are using the dining facility (at the institute). Except for two or three or five people, everyone is happy with it (Bhopal Caterers which runs mess on IIT Indore campus). There is no issue at all, Mathur claimed
while talking to this correspondent. Nearly a fortnight after protests broke out on the IIT campus in city, the institute director spoke to any media organisation over the matter on Monday. Mathur rubbished the media reports on the prevailing food issue as lie, claiming that they were
published without verifying the information.
To a query, he said We are not saying that there were no protests; we are just saying that there is no issue with the food. They (students) are eating (at dining facility run by Bhopal Caterers) and enjoying as well. The protests over the food issue had started on January 18 after Guru
Mahima canteen on the institute campus, which was quite popular among students, was closed. Annoyed over its closure, BTech students staged a demonstration at Mathurs official residence stating that Bhopal Caterers and not Guru Mahima canteen should have been closed.
They had even termed the food served to them by Bhopal Caterers tasteless, substandard and overpriced and demanded cancellation of the caterers contract. However, their demand fell on deaf ears. On January 19, the director held a discussion with the protesting students and told them that he was quite happy with Bhopal Caterers. His statement added fuel to fire and the students took to social media to protest the Bhopal
Caterers as well as the IITI director. On Sunday, students had even staged a protest with their faces covered outside the institute entrance.
A message posted by a student on Twitter stated: It is very difficult to understand why Bhopal Caterers is not removed after so much of protests/dissatisfaction? Whats the nexus between IIT-I authority and BC? Must be lots of unholiness due to which BC can’t be thrown out? Are we waiting for things to unravel?