It is thoroughly deplorable to learn that the University of Mysore, which boasts of having 19 student hostels under its control, has failed to provide mess facilities to the inmates of these hostels even after months of starting of the classes.

Needless to say, these students, many of whom are from rural families besides being poor, are left in the lurch as they have to frequent their homes just for the sake of food resulting in a setback to their preparations for the forthcoming exams.

Although, at the outset it looks as if the problem has arisen now, the University which was calling for separate tenders to run 19 hostels under its control hitherto has now invited tenders for maintenance of all the hostels by one contractor claiming that it would be much easier to control one contractor than monitoring many which has created the mess problem.

Instead of calling tenders by the year end itself which would give them much time, the University is said to have delayed the process which is another factor leading to the fiasco.

It is all the more deplorable that the Mysore Varsity which prepares plans for launching courses well in advance has not bothered to look into the requirements of the students who have got admitted to its hostels.

The severely affected students opine that the process of finalising contracts for running these hostels should be completed much before the commencement of courses to avoid inconvenience to students who come to the city in pursuit of knowledge from all the nooks and corners of the State.

Dr. Vasanth, in-Charge Principal of Maharaja’s College, in his reaction regretted that lack of mess facility in the hostels had resulted in a steep decline in the attendance.

Meanwhile, inmates of many hostels are anxiously waiting for the Varsity to take steps to start the mess facility which would help them concentrate on studies instead of going hunting for food elsewhere.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore