Students of the Barkatullah University of Institute of Technology (BUIT) on Saturday staged protest, locking the campus, over shortage of teachers and other faiclities.
Agitating students pointed out that even the current session is running eight months behind schedule. Those who have taken admission in the engineering institutes in 2015 are still waiting for second semester exam.
Facing protest, vice chancellor MD Tiwari assured students to look into their problem and improve the facilities.
“A notice will be issued within a day to resolve the problems immediately,” Tiwari said.
During a visit to the institute, this Correspondent found that the institute even lacks a well-equipped lab and the library is not stocked with enough books. Worst, for 700 students, there is just one washroom, divided by a partition to make separate enclosure for males and females.
There is also no common room for girls, not to talk about playground, wi-fi and other such facilities.
University sources said out of the 77 sanctioned posts of teachers, 39 are still vacant. There are only 13 permanent teachers, while 25 posts are filled with contractual teachers.
Summing up their predicament, a BUIT student, Vishnu Kushawah, said, “We took admission in the institute to become an engineer, but now it appears to be a distant dream.”
“The lab equipment were last purchased in 1997. Since then no new equipment has been purchased. Most of the equipment are lying idle and some have even become redundant,” said Prakhar Mishra, a first-year student.
“In the library, there is hardly any book on latest development and changes in the engineering fields. If some student needs to read any book, it’s given only for 15 days and for that Rs 1 per day is being charged,” he added.
Another BUIT student Monica Singh complained that there is only a water cooler in the institute.”
Students further alleged that unlike other engineering colleges, BUIT hardly organise any cultural, technical and sports fests.
“For the placement, only one company visits the campus that too to offer BPO jobs,” claimed another student.
BUIT sources also said the permanent faculties including the in-charge director of the institute didn’t get salary for the past 15 months.