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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

‘IIT-B accommodation in abysmal state’

Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 18, 2013
First Published: 10:21 IST(18/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:25 IST(18/7/2013)

For over 200 girl students, who have been admitted to IIT Bombay for post graduate courses, getting a hostel accommodation turned out to be a harrowing experience.

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After receiving a notification from the institute about availability of hostel accommodation, Pune resident Upasana Marathe, who secured admission in the industrial designing course, arrived at the campus, along with her father, only to find that the accommodation provided to her was in a deplorable condition.

“When we arrived, we were shocked to see that students were asked to stay in a temporary accommodation,” said Dr. Marathe, Upasana’s father.

According to him, there were no mattresses or running water in the rooms and the TV room of the housing block was turned into a dormitory.

“I immediately tried to get to the bottom of this issue and found that other girls had been staying in this condition for over 2 days,” he said.

“The problem arose because there was a slight delay in making the new hostel ready. After Dr Marathe bought this to my notice, we made sure the matter was resolved,” said Dr. Devang Khakhar, director, IIT Bombay. The girls have now been shifted to the new hostel, he added.

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