Ch. Sandeep Manohar
The recently earned Visitor’s Award for theBest Central University of India by the University of Hyderabad (UoH), seems questionable with onelook at the state of toilets and washrooms in the campus. In most of the hostels, students are facing lack of clean toilets; most of the doors and showers in washrooms are broken and electric wireshanging on the walls, while taps and flushes are absent in many toilets.
Students are now running out of patience trying to convince the authorities to fix the problem. Ladies hostel students added that there is intolerable stench emanating from many toilets which are mostly located near their rooms. Adding to that, the toilets have inadequate water supply.
The wardens of the hostels, who are tasked to sort such issues, have left them in pathetic condition, the students complain. Even after repeated complaints by students about their misery to authorities,
welfare department officials are maintaining their standard reply of ‘actions will be taken very soon’. Regarding the poor sanitation facilities in the hostels both the wardens say that necessary steps will be taken. While Rani Ratnamala, Warden of Ladies hostel said, “Everything cannot be changed overnight. Yes, there are some sanitation problems with ladies hostels. Being a warden I cannot solve all the problems. I have forwarded many letters to the administration office, it is in process, and it takes some time.” University Registrar said, “Yes! Everybody has to work for the development of the University, even the sanitation department. I cannot comment anything, as it is still not under my notice.”
Vice Chancellor, Prof R.P. Sharma, said that a committee has been formed, with the Chief Warden and Dean Students’ Welfare as members, to solve the problems related to hostels.