Insti life is bound to give you some good, bad and at times disturbing habits. Some of these stay with us even when we get home for vacations. Here’s a list of 10 good and bad habits that most of us carry over to beyond the gates of insti.
Aroon and Shilpa report on the Townhall Meeting, convened to discuss common concerns that insti students have, as well as open up avenues of communication between students and the admin.
Last semester was witness to widespread agitation and dissatisfaction among students regarding mess issues. In this article, T5E takes a look at some of the things that went wrong, why they happened and the improvements we can expect this semester, with inputs from Hostel Affairs Secretary Kranthi Kumar.
Conceptualised in 2012 to formally and regularly address mess issues, the formation of the Mess Monitoring Committee was spurred on by various factors, the foremost of them being the need for a focussed group to tackle the ever-increasing number of mess-related problems. This function was formerly carried out by the Chairman, Council of Wardens, who would chair a meeting once in a while with the caterers and sort out caterer issues and student complaints. ‘The A-Diet fiasco also, in part, made a case for its inclusion,’ Prof Gopalakrishnan, current MMC Chairman, points out.
The first open SAC meeting of the semester was held on the 31st of August, 2013. It was an emergency meeting, convened to discuss the concerns of students regarding the messes.
A large number of students (750 by a conservative estimate) assembled at Himalaya lawns over the course of the protest. The organizers had several grievances including the food’s poor quality and lack of nutrition, and bad hygiene in the messes. They also claimed that the quality of the food offered for amount charged for it at IITM was not on par with what is being offered at other IITs.
The recently concluded mess and cafeteria tendering process has resulted in a number of changes to the existing dining facilities.
On Thursday, 17th May, a hunger strike was called by several students protesting against the bad quality of food served in the mess, and