– Agrima Bhasin
An institution par excellence, a red-bricked campus with gorgeous landscaping, a brilliant faculty worth envious admiration and a student crowd to reckon with; Lady Shriram College, the haven of intelligentsia, is not devoid of its share of problems.
Here’s a list of a mixed bag of heard and unheard problems plaguing this College. A good number of students feel isolated and cut off from college life, like that of North Campus. Also, the long distance between LSR and North Campus handicaps them, preventing them from meeting their old pals on a regular basis.
â€œOur college should participate in DUSU elections and not boycott themâ€?, says, Anupriya Malik… LSR students are not proud of the snob-value that other colleges attach to them and are willing and wanting to change the â€˜Elitistâ€™ tag that theyâ€™ve been given.
The College boasts of a library that can prove to be a paradise for bibliophiles. The LSR library does have the maximum collection of books in the whole of DU. However, the students say that despite knowing that they can access all the books on this planet, they find it extremely tiresome to hunt down books; this is because of an incomplete record of books in the computer and poor cataloguing. Those who have seen the College, are aware of the College’s long, beauteous ground-floor corridor that stretches from one end to the other (near the LSR CafÃ©).
Some students find their passage madly hindered when people block the corridor with their snail-paced walk. “It will be great to have another set of detour (entry/exit steps) somewhere in the middle of the corridor to facilitate better movement,” says, Ann Haokip, a student of the college. Some of the hostel problems include the following – dysfunctional door latches, a mess that can’t accommodate the entire hostel population, strict timings for obtaining superintendent’s sign and internet connectivity problem etc. No fixed time of classes and lectures till five in the evening prove strenuous for students.
The College loos have a jet facility, which is commendable, but the students would love to see the loos cleaner. “Loos should be cleaned more frequently even if we are responsible for dirtying them,” says, a second year student.
“Our college should participate in DUSU elections and not boycott them”, says, Anupriya Malik, a first year student at LSR. An interesting undercurrent concern that came to the surface, while DUB was researching, was that LSR students are not proud of the snob-value that other colleges attach to them and are willing and wanting to change the ‘Elitist’ tag that they’ve been given.
This concern was exacerbated by a matrimonial in an esteemed newspaper daily last year that mentioned – ‘LSR girls need not apply as prospective brides for this man’.