Saturday, April 30, 2016

HRD minister Smriti Irani pays surprise visit to IIT Delhi hostels....and finds they are not what they should be!

This post is related to a new item - HRD minister Smriti Irani pays surprise visit to IIT Delhi hostels

At Shivalik, students complained to the minister about a single water cooler catering to all in the hostel, which currently has 375 students.

"There are four wings and four floors and all of us have to come to the ground-floor to get water," said a student.

"We should be allowed to use small coolers in our rooms during the summer," demanded civil-engineering student Puneet Kumar.

The students also complained about the quality of food served to them. "You should try the roti here," said a student to the minister. The students also complained about the dirt in the hostel's kitchen.

Irani asked the throng of over 50 students crowding around her if their "loos stinked."


Disgusting. What's the point even if IITs are the number 1 or 2 or 3 among the best engineering schools if students have to put up with this kind of crap!!???

Hello IIT and other govt. institutions! Making students put up with such crap might have been ok in the past when the education was almost 100% subsidized. But now you are making them pay almost or more than private colleges. So you must provide comparable facilities. Just academic excellence won't suffice.

May be Smriti Irani should send this IIT staff to BITS, Pilani for a study tour. There they will get to see clean hostels, bathrooms/toilets scrubbed and cleaned everyday, rooms and hostels whitewashed every year in summer, hot water via solar heaters, clean and sumptuous food in hostel mess (tasty or not. clean and healthy yes), all help/assistance rendered at the hostel door steps. Many many things other institutions can learn and incorporate. When it comes to running a tight ship, nobody can come anywhere close to top private schools like BITS.

Bottom line - govt. institutions got a lot to learn from how private institutions are run and how they squeeze last bit of value from every penny put into the system. Tatas and Birlas are the best examples.

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