The IIT at Ropar began its fourth academic session on Friday, inducting 107 students in its fresh batch. But there was a nasty surprise for over 80 students of its senior-most batch, who were shifted to Chandigarh for want of hostel facilities.
Hostels on transit campus of IIT Ropar are still under construction. To tackle the space shortage, IIT authorities have now taken on rent the hostels of National Institute of Technical Teacher Training and Research in Chandigarh. Students are being ferried daily to Ropar and brought back in the evening in an AC bus, involving a travel time of over three hours every day.
"With 107 new BTech students joining in, we now have 445 students in the institution, but have hostel facilities for only 360 students in the transit campus. That's why we had to hire this space in Chandigarh and shift some of the boy students of 2008 batch," explained IIT officials. They, however, assured that new hostels would be completed in the next 15 days. But, students contest this claim pointing out that one of the two hostel buildings is still under construction, while the other has no proper water or sanitation facilities and can't house students.
Anmol Singh Mann, representative of fourth year students' group, said, "Officials have assured they will provide us hostels on Ropar campus in a month." IIT-Ropar registrar A Palanivel said, "Due to space crunch, we have temporarily shifted some students to Chandigarh. We are speeding up hostel construction."