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Plaster from ceiling falls off in Hansraj Hostel room, close shave for student

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As the admissions season are yet to take steam, another incident that happened in Hansraj hostel has raised eyebrows about the bad infrastructure prevailing in the colleges of the university. This Saturday night, a large portion of the plaster fell of the ceiling in one of the rooms of Hansraj College hostel.  This is not the first time such incident has happened in the hostel.

Around 9:30 to 10:00 PM, the plaster fell off in room number 40 of the hostel. Luckily the student who resides in the room escaped unhurt. “When the plaster fell on my bed, I was just studying a little far on my desk. Had I slept earlier, god knows what would have happened to me” says Akarsh Sharmaa, a final year student of the college.

The fallen plaster
The fallen plaster

After the incident took place, he placed a complaint to the hostel warden which has been forwarded to the principal of the college. Dr. Rama Sharma, who is the officiating principal of the college said that the portion of ceiling collapsed because of the cracks that have developed. “I have spoken to the contractor and sought a report from him,” said Dr. Sharma.

This morning the principal, hostel warden and the contractor visited the room and assured the resident of repairing the damage at the earliest. Every year during the summer break the hostel is closed for maintenance. “They just whitewash the rooms in the name of maintenance, but never repair the plasters” said another student.

The pathetic condition of the infrastructure in the university despite of funds being allocated by central government and high cutoffs remain a concern for both students and parents. Last year, the ceiling of Daulat Ram College collapsed injuring four students which led to severe protests by students demanding renovation of the college infrastructure.

Students appearing for exams under tents, falling ceilings, water sipping walls in colleges of the university have earlier created a lot of hue and cry for proper infrastructure. We hope this incident at Hansraj College be the last one to catch the attention of authorities.

Srivedant Kar

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Srivedant Kar is the associate editor of DU Beat. A journalism student at Cluster Innovation Centre, he spends more time thinking about tomorrow than today. Having interned with United Nations, he is an avid reader, fierce debater, poet and religious follower of politics who aspires to be a diplomat some day.

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