Imphal, Jan 23,
The National Institute of Technology Manipur which is situated at Langol has been in a complete mess. The National level Institute was like more of degrading government schools of our state. Classes with walls made up of Rhino Boards were all broken and shattered. Classes from one class to another can be seen from each another. Most of the Ceilings of the institute were all broken.
Out of the total 1100 students studying in NIT, Manipur the library can accommodate only 20 readers in it. Surprisingly while visiting the campus by our reporter, around 7 students were made to accommodate in a room of their hostel. Almost all of the lights in the verandah of the hostels were not functioning. Even the fencing is not properly maintained and also the walls of the building were cracked in many places. The institute also always faced flood like situation even when drizzling. And out of the 54 sanctioned posts for teaching staff only 32 regular teaching staffs were there. Even the 54 sanctioned posts should be 76 if they consider proper teacher students ratio. Well in a nut shell the infrastructure of the hostel and the conditions of the institute is extremely poor for a national level institute.
It can be mentioned that the NIT, Manipur was established in the year 2010 only. So, it is observed that the buildings were constructed without any quality control. Around 330 crores have already been sanctioned for NIT, Manipur. Out of 31 NIT institutes the NIT, Manipur is one of the 11 newly established NITs. The ranking of the NIT, Manipur has also declined from 15 to 28 ranking.
Because of the improper infrastructure in the campus the students has been staging a hunger strike inside the campus since 21 of this month. Speaking to media persons a student protestors claimed that the government schools in their places is far better than NIT, Manipur. The student said that they have struggled even for basic commodities like bed, tables and chairs and added that no authorities have come to inspect it. He said that with the developing of crack in the walls they fear to live in such places as Manipur is a high risk zone of earthquake. He also said that the institute lacks in many ways from teachers to equipments. Even they don’t have their own auditorium. He finally concluded that the opportunities were all taken from them. All they do is more of a survival just eating and sleeping rather than studying.
The students also demanded to make a ladies hostel inside the campus at Langol. They said that they spent a lot of time travelling in a congested bus. Around 150 students were made to travel from Takyel to Langol in two vehicles.
The ABVP Manipur also participated the protest in the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Manipur regarding the improper infrastructure in the Campus and inadequate hostel facilities in the Institution.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.