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Pandemic underpins housing concerns at IITs | India News


Pandemic underpins housing concerns at IITs |  India News

MUMBAI: An old IIT adage of insiders emphasizing wellness on campus says, “Even IIT citizens need sleep.” Now it is taking on a new meaning.
The IITs have realized a big problem: there is no place to sleep on campus. IIT Bombay, for example, may be forced to partially outsource student accommodation when it allows them to return and when social distancing rules are no longer required. A total of 8,853 beds (not rooms) will have to be assigned to 11,490 students. At IIT Guwahati, married scholars are assigned rooms based on a waiting list.
IIT Delhi has no land to build new shelters right now. The demolition of eight old shelters to build new higher residential blocks is under discussion, but with a large funding requirement and a public-private partnership model is being considered. The current infrastructure for a student population of around 10,000 at IIT Madras includes a total of 7,080 rooms and 9,043 cribs (includes single, double, triple, quadruple and common rooms) in all hostels.
“Due to the pandemic, students entitled to shelter facilities are not encouraged to stay off campus. Online teaching is helping this semester overcome space limitations,” the IIT-B spokesperson said. “The number of students is increasing every year. In 2021, we will get around 1,000 additional rooms in a new hostel, but soon we will run short of space, so we are focusing on building new hostels at IIT-B.” However, this is not simply a Powai problem. Almost all of the older institutes have housing limitations. Beginning in 2008, when the phased OBC quota, to supernumerary seats for foreigners and girls, and the more recent EWS quota were implemented, the last decade has seen a massive expansion of admission, with little focus and expense available to others. campus facilities.
IIT-B also surveyed the OYO room count around Powai and around 80 PhD students stayed in rented rooms in 2019. Similarly, thousands of IIT Delhi students stayed off campus in 2019. “The problem is of funds and time, in addition the shelters have a patrimonial value. We have a committee to look at the public-private model, under which we give the land. Someone will build the shelters and manage them and recover the money, over time, “said a IIT-D spokesperson.
However, currently living on campus is highly subsidized at Rs 1,500 per month. “If a private player comes in and charges more, what happens to those who can’t afford that fee?” Said a source.
A committee led by Professor Deepak Phatak is looking at all the older IITs where problems range from high-rise shelter construction, fundraising, working under a PPP model, which can increase living rates in some IIT. “Almost all older IITs have structures that are between 50 and 60 years old. They will have to be demolished and rebuilt. It will not be fair to say anything more until the IIT council discusses the report,” he said.


Times of India