Hindustan Times (Delhi)

STUDENTS ON STRIKE, DEMAND BETTER INFRA AT GB PANT

- HT Correspond­ent htreporter­s@hindustant­imes.com

A professor and some students from Delhi government-run GB Pant Government Engineerin­g College are on a hunger strike demanding better infrastruc­ture and hostel facilities.

Teachers and students are demanding better infrastruc­ture, including more classrooms, laboratori­es and hostel building.

“I am sitting on hunger strike since six days and five students are sitting on relay hunger strike with me every day. Our demand is very simple, we want rooms and hostel for students,” said Joshil K Abraham, head of department Humanities and Applied Sciences.

Students said they have been studying in an abandoned hostel building and there is lack of space to conduct regular classes.

“There are only nine rooms for strength of 860 students. Having a good academic building is a basic when you go to college. How are we expected to study when we don’t even have proper infrastruc­ture,” said Rishabh Dev, a student.

Students said many of them are from outside Delhi and no hostel facility puts an additional burden of spending on accommodat­ion.

In a memorandum, recently submitted to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, students said they want ‘a state of the art campus in more than 20 acres land in which only GB Pant Government Engineerin­g College will be hosted. One hostel block, one academic block, an auditorium, a sports complex, a playground and faculty residences should be given to GB Pant Government Engineerin­g College from the phase’.

Officials from education department said the budget has already been approved to construct a new building in the college.

“Constructi­on will soon start for a new building for the college, which will solve the problem of lack of space. But as far as a hostel is concerned, there is no plan for that,” said an official.

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