The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will soon start a multi-cuisine food court at Delhi University's North Campus.
The food court will come up in an area of 2,500 sqft and will have cooking facilities to serve hot food. It will accommodate around 110 persons at a time.
IRCTC will also run mobile food vans. Carrying packed meals and other food items, these vans will move around the campus. They will be parked at designated places and times to serve students and faculty members. Some of the off-campus colleges will also get these vans.
"Students in the off-campus colleges who don't have access to proper canteens and good food will benefit," said Alka Sharma, registrar, Delhi University (DU).
Pradip Kundu, public relations officer, IRCTC, said, "We have signed an agreement with the university. Several colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Hindu College, SGTB Khalsa College, Miranda House, Hansraj College and St. Stephen's College will benefit from the food court that will come up in front of the Faculty of Arts."
"The idea is to serve fast food but not junk food. We will cater healthy, nutritious and hygienic food. Proper meals and snacks - both Indian and Chinese -will be available. We will serve breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even dinner," he said. Rates will be economical.
"Some of the canteens in colleges such as St. Stephen's and Delhi School of Economics serve really good food. We are very happy but change is always refreshing. We just hope the food quality is better than what is served on trains," said Shounak Roy, a Master's student at DU.
"Apart from north campus, IRCTC will also operate mobile vans for two more colleges of Delhi University - Aditi Mahavidyalaya at Bawana and Bhagini Nivedita College in Najafgarh. Students here do not have any good eatery and, therefore, have to face a lot of problems. The food court is expected to start operating early next year. But mobile vans at Bawana and Najafgarh will start at the earliest," Kundu said.
(With inputs from Shaswati Das)