Student welfare not central to authorities of this college

Student welfare not central to authorities of this college

Central College students blame V-C-Registrar feud for sorry state of affairs

Broken roof, shattered window panes, poorly maintained toilets and files that have not been touched for ages. 

Nothing has changed at the Central College campus, since the last inspection conducted a few months ago. 

Friday afternoon saw yet another ‘inspection’ by Bangalore University Registrar Mylarappa. 

While the registrar has been blaming the vice-chancellor for the poor state of affairs, the V-C has often cited lack of co-operation from his colleague.

A staffer in the administrative section told Deccan Herald: “These inspections are an eyewash. We end up dealing with the same dusty files and rooms. Many of us get skin allergies and breathing problems as the ledger rooms have not been cleaned for a long time. 

“We have given up as the officials are fighting among themselves instead of focusing on the larger problem.” 

Students and staff, who are witnessing a steady decline in both quality of administration and infrastructure here, feel they are being neglected by the top officials who are at loggerheads.  

Staff demoralised

A senior professor said: “The sour relationship between the two has demoralised the staff. They must patch up if the university has to prosper.” 

He said the staffers are scared to speak against their seniors.

“Many of our projects have to be approved by both the vice-chancellor and the registrar.

Such work always gets stuck because they accuse each other of inefficiency, with neither giving the approval,” chemistry department students told Deccan Herald. 

Many students spoke to this paper requesting anonymity as they feared that the lecturers would direct their ire on them during the exams. 

Students listed various problems on the campus that have been affecting their studies.

Lack of infrastructure

Among the problems highlighted was the lack of toilet facility for boys in the chemistry department. 

They said the university often delays results, leaving the students in the lurch before the commencement of the next exam, as they would still not know whether they have to reappear for any exam. 

“This keeps happening with one department or the other, every semester,” Rakesh (name changed), a student said.

There is usually tough competition for seats in the university and it is hard for anyone to secure a seat, unless they have scored at least 80 per cent in the previous course. 

On the contrary, the pathetic infrastructure and the lecturers’ lack of concern have driven even high achievers to a point where they are scraping through the exams, students complained. 

“We joined the college trusting its reputation. We are now waiting to complete the course and get out of this place,” Prakash (name changed), another student said.

The students also alleged that the computer rooms always remain locked and they have hardly used the facility. The internet connections are “ancient and useless”. 

The canteen is unhygienic and students have to entirely depend on food from outside.The students opine that personal feuds of the higher-ups should not come in the way of their future. 

They are waiting for officials to address their concerns.  

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