This college is in a class of its own

It has only been only two months since Neha M (name changed) joined the Government Arts College as a postgraduate student in the History department, but she and her classmates have already made a number of rounds to the principal’s office.

The reason is that the department does not have a proper classroom. They have made repeated requests to the principal to arrange for one, Neha said. This is one of the oldest colleges in the City and is supposed to be better endowed than other government institutions here. But that is not to be.

Sometimes, the entire classroom voluntarily takes up cleaning, before the classes begin. “We do not mind undertaking cleaning activities. However, doing it every day is tedious. After all, we are here to learn and not to clean. We are having to personally ask the cleaners to do the job every day,” said Neha.

Fed up with the inaction of the college authorities even after repeated requests, Neha and 10 of her other classmates met B L Bhagyalakshmi, Commissioner of the Department of Collegiate Education, on Monday, requesting her to resolve the problem at the earliest.
“The commissioner told us that she will visit the college to assess the situation,” said Neha.   
‘Forced to share’

The condition of classrooms allotted to other departments is no different. A faculty member from the college who did not wish to be named said the departments were forced to share the limited number of classrooms.

The faculty member said that an amount of Rs five lakh had recently been sanctioned for construction of more classrooms. But the sum has not yet been utilised yet. Bhagyalakshmi and the principal of the Government Arts College were not available for comments.

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