Of Rats and Stomach Aches

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If you have a complaint about your college, tell us about it…

Delhi University students are brilliant. They really are- industrious, talented, active, aware and a bunch of other such adjectives. Take a college like Sri Venkateswara for instance. Brilliant academics and equally good if not better ECA. However, the best part about students from a college like Venky is their extremely hardy nature and their ability to withstand & adapt to the toughest conditions.

Its something that the college inculcates within students. And what it takes is a combination of the highly eccentric hygiene conditions and the total lack of any medical facilities. Now, here one would beg the readers not to be appalled as it is probably a complex and well-thought out mechanism installed within the system is probably a deliberate attempt and it surely coincides with the complex college motto as it reads on the college site, Eschewing the mere acquistim of academic degrees, we try of foster the discovery of hidden potential and talents?

Though one does wonder what hidden potential can be discovered in a sick student, who has to undergo the tedious task of locating the elusive clinic in the college campus, and then finally the disillusioned and by now really sick student hobbles over to the market outside to continue a similar but hopefully more fateful search.

Take for example the case of first year English Hons. student Tanya Bose. She unsuccessfully searched the elusive clinic while at the same time braving horrible stomach pains in the form of bizarre treasure hunt. It was only when they finally went outside to the vast, sprawling Satya Niketan Market did they locate the solitary clinic that is the refuge of all such students who can’t live up to the seemingly tough demands of the esteemed institution. Somebody told me that a clinic of sorts exists somewhere near the sports room, but students are yet to see such a thing with their own eyes.

Even die-hard lovers of Venky dosas have been taken aback after looking at the picture of what seems to be a rat feeding on the leftovers on a table. (This picture that has been clicked by a first year student and can be sent to disbelieving cynics if they need to witness it). But, one must admit things are improving and there is work being done as far as hygiene is concerned. The dutiful installation of color coded dustbins has been followed up with repairs in the once disgusting loos. However, that is only a particular side of the metaphoric coin! Cleaning loos and installing dustbins though extremely essential don’t really compensate on the basic and essential need of a clinic, especially if we are expected to share our canteen with not only dogs and squirrels but also rats?

Its strange though, Venkateswara really is an outstanding institution but such incidents are not too isolated or rare? They happen all the time but nobody seems to really care.

Journalism has been called the “first rough draft of history”. D.U.B may be termed as the first rough draft of DU history. Freedom to Express.

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