Reputed as one of the premier Medical Colleges in the country, the Rabindra Nath Tagore Medical College is falling much short of the expected hygiene standards expected even from an average education institution, as far as residential premises of students are concerned.
In a detailed conversation with residents of the hostels at RNT Medical College, UT correspondents were informed of the near pathetic conditions of the hostels and common areas available for student residents in RNT.
“No emphasis has been laid by the college administration on the hygiene within the rooms and common areas of our hostels. We are living in miserable conditions”, said one of the students residing in the hostel.
Another student, explained in detail the condition of the common areas that need to be regularly used, like the toilets. He said, “The toilets stink significantly. No wash basins in the hostel toilets, urine is spilled everywhere as the drainage is in bad shape. The administration, it seems is not duly spending the Crores of rupees that are being allotted to them under the heads of maintenance and repair for the college and hostels.”
Chetan Saraswat, President of RNT Medical College Student Welfare Council 2012-13 said, “All hostellers are either resident doctors or students of MBBS, would be future Doctors. Being Doctors we advise people to maintain the hygiene at their homes and work place in order to stay healthy.
On the other hand, we ourselves are staying in miserable conditions. Tube Lights are missing in the rooms, no replacements are provided. The common areas and corridors are falling short of lighting due to missing tube lights. Fans are out of order and moreover there is only one water cooler between more than 500 hostellers. No proper facilities or furniture is provided.
To top of all this, in a few rooms the plasters from the walls and ceilings are coming off, causing an imminent danger of serious injury to the residents. On going to the PWD, we are given false assurances and eventually no action is taken”.
Saraswat also said that the College Administration is getting Crores in the name of maintenance but not spending the amount, resulting in the deteriorating condition of the hostels and college facilities.
Piyush Kapoor, a Second Year student informed that the conditions of the walls are in such a pathetic condition that some students use posters to hide the walls and some cover them with newspapers. The Mess area stinks and is unhygienic. He said that it was difficult to even sit in the Mess area for long to eat food as it stinks and is in a very unhygienic condition.
Recently, more than 25 students were affected by Dengue fever due to the unhygienic conditions. A few days back a ceiling fan crashed to the ground, fortunately no one was injured. The windows do not have glass on them, the doors are broken and lying open, inviting theft or other disasters in the future.
Piyush also said that all these points have already been informed to the administration, but it falling on deaf ears.
The students, have got together and have requested the authorities to provide them with basic necessities and hygienic living conditions as a minimum requirement.