Colleges are known for proving quality education and information. In fact, they are the main tool which carves the best out of the student. But what happens if they fail to do their task, would be certainly unimaginable. This picture came into reality as the students of Cochin University College of Engineering raised their voice against the lack of facilities at the college.
According to the students, the majority of those studying in the college are from north India and other parts of the country. However, there are no university hostels here.
"We are staying in various houses here. Often we feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Though we have demanded the college authorities to set up a hostel for girls, they are not ready to do it. No steps have been taken so far. We are already facing health issues due to the poor quality of water and lack of hygiene here. We cannot go back withou completing our course. We had selected CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology) with lot of expectations. However, now we are utterly dissapointed with our decision," says a north Indian student, studying here.
The college was set up by CUSAT, in the year 1999 across 40 acre of land at Pulinkunnu in Kuttanand. The college offers CSE, IT, MCA, EC, and EEE courses and as many as 1,600 students are studying here. Apart from facilities like hostel and accommodation, the college is also facing acute staff crunch.
It is also not equipped with better laboratory facilities, sufficient classrooms, teaching staff and playground. The compound wall is also missing in the campus. Two computer labs consist of 25 computers each, is available for 1,200 B.Tech students.
The students of mechanical, civil engineering face more complex and dangerous situation as they do not have any lab facilities. "We have to travel to the main campus at Cochin to conduct laboratory experiments. It is ironical that a government engineering college, where lab plays a vital role, does not have the facility. For girls students especially, it is not an easy task to travel such long distance to conduct lab experiments," says a north Indian girl student of mechanical engineering wing.