Why stu­dents don’t feel at home in IIMs

OFF CAM­PUS Pesky neigh­bours, no quick ac­cess to classes, li­braries and vi­brant cam­pus at­mos­phere... life’s not easy for stu­dents in IIMs with­out hos­tels

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Rozelle Laha

Ash­berry Apart­ments, a res­i­den­tial society lo­cated about 20 km away from the In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (IIM), Am­rit­sar, is home to 165 stu­dents of the in­sti­tute. It was re­cently in the news when a neigh­bour fired in the air after a clash with the stu­dents, who were re­port­edly play­ing loud mu­sic late at night.

IIM Am­rit­sar of­fi­cials re­fused to com­ment on the in­ci­dent or on the need for se­cu­rity of the stu­dents when con­tacted by HT Ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, a source who did not wish to be named said, “the (se­cu­rity) de­ci­sion has to be taken by the se­nior man­age­ment. Cur­rently, all the ser­vices in­clud­ing se­cu­rity and house­keep­ing are taken care of by the ser­vice provider of the apart­ment.”

Not hav­ing hos­tels on cam­puses can be a prob­lem. Stu­dents liv­ing in the hos­tels of IIMsRanchi and Am­rit­sar say their ac­com­mo­da­tion is lo­cated far away from the in­sti­tutes.

Most of the new IIMs, in­clud­ing those at Udaipur, Trichy, Bodh Gaya and Sam­balpur func­tion from tran­sit cam­puses of other in­sti­tutes and share hos­tel fa­cil­i­ties with them – these are Mo­han­lal Sukha­dia Univer­sity ( MLSU), Udaipur; Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (NIT), Trichy; Ma­gadh Univer­sity, B o d h G ay a ; a n d S i l i c o n In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Sa­son, Sam­balpur, re­spec­tively.

Many of the new IIMs have in the first few years also have had to set­tle with part-time fac­ulty mem­bers from the older IIMs and tran­sit cam­puses.

IIM Ranchi’s hos­tel, lo­cated 12.5 km away from the in­sti­tute, has “21 se­cu­rity guards man­ning eight blocks and one as­sis­tant war­den,” says Asis Chakraborty, ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer (pro­gramme) at the in­sti­tute. IIM Visakha­p­at­nam, which started op­er­a­tions in Septem­ber 2015 at Andhra Univer­sity, has hos­tels lo­cated three km away, con­firms Janaki Ra­machan­dra, head of ad­min­is­tra­tion and pro­grammes.

An alum­nus from one of the new IIMs who does not wish to be named says “Such in­ci­dents of open fir­ing (as in Am­rit­sar) can hap­pen in any of the newer IIMs that don’t have hos­tels within cam­puses.”

Of­ten pri­vate apart­ments are hired to ac­com­mo­date the stu­dents. They have to then deal with all kinds of neigh­bours – who might not be fa­mil­iar with the stu­dents’ life­styles. Safety is a big con­cern.

“Hos­tel life was a big thing I missed out on as a stu­dent in the new IIM. If you don’t live on cam­pus you waste time com­mut­ing to the in­sti­tute , and miss out on the vi­brant cam­pus ‘at­mos­phere’, con­ve­niences of li­braries and other fa­cil­i­ties. Many neigh­bour­hoods in cities have their own rules, not al­low­ing mu­sic

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