12 Feb, Ravangla: National Institute
of Technology (NIT) Sikkim’s first-year students at Ravangla on Sunday launched a hunger strike in the NIT campus, demanding basic facilities like water and WiFi. There are 192 students in the first year at the NIT Sikkim campus in Ravangla who come from different
parts of the country. They are not giving basic facilities like water, washing machines, water purifier and WiFi to the students.
There are numerous other problems,
but we had been keeping mum with a view that the management would solve the same at the earliest. However, it’s been more than 6-7 months now, and the problems persist,” a student said. According to him, the students have not been attending classes for the
past one week due to the water crisis in the out-campus rented hostels. “The problems faced by us were placed before the management, but till date, nothing has happened. As such, we decided to go on a hunger strike, and we want the authorities concerned to
solve our problems,” another student said.
The students also complained of
sub-standard food served to them. Another student added that they demand concrete solutions to the problems “because, without the basic facilities in place, it is really difficult for us to carry on with our studies smoothly.” An official at the NIT Ravangla
admitted that water and Internet were major problems in the out-campus hostels. “The institute has hired a vehicle to ferry water to the out-campus privately rented hostels from the campus, but the water ferried is not enough to meet the requirements. We are
looking for a solution and are also holding dialogue with the state government for possible help in mitigating the problems,” he said.
He added that the Public Health
Engineering Department and local authorities are also extending all possible help, but that it is not enough to fulfill the needs. On the Internet connection problems, he said the campus is connected with the Internet, but the other five privately rented hostels
of the NIT Sikkim which are outside of the campus have not been given the facility.
“We will need a minimum of one week
to even find a temporary solution to the water problems,” he said. Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD, GP Upadhyay said he is aware of the problems faced by the NIT Ravangla. “I have requested the secretary of the PHE department, along with the District Collector-South
Sikkim to resolve the water problem at the earliest,” he said.