It only takes a light drizzle to throw a spanner in the works of the best student theatre group in Delhi University (DU).
The Players — dramatics society of Kirori Mal College (KMC) founded by
late Professor Frank Thakurdas, a faculty member of KMC and the doyen of university theatre — cannot do much unless the college authorities fix the auditorium’s ceiling.
Till that happens, the young members of the 50-year-old society that has produced prominent artistes such as actors Amitabh Bachchan and Kulbhushan Kharbanda and actor-director Satish Kaushik spend a good amount of their time finding temporary solutions to the leakage.
The story of poor infrastructure doesn’t end with the KMC ceiling. Several colleges are facing infrastructure problems. A surprise, considering DU received a whopping Rs 200 crore in the eleventh five year plan and has disbursed more than Rs 400 crore to each college in the last two years for infrastructure development under OBC reservation.
Yet, students such as Saraswati Mathur (name changed) of Aurobindo College can see no signs of development. “We don't have an auditorium or a sports field. Co-curricular activities, as a result, are absent,” the second year B.Com (Honours) student said.
At Satyawati College, students balk at the idea of eating at the canteen. “The quality of food is questionable and students rarely eat there,” said a second year student of English (Honours).
The students prefer to eat at a market nearby, an option that is also widely exercised by students of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.
Heads of institutions promise a better tomorrow.
“We have a budget of Rs 4 crore for the auditorium’s renovation. Work should begin soon,” said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, KMC — a statement he’s been repeating for the last one year.
“We want to make it a state-of-the-art facility and that's why it’s taking time,” he said to his defence.
Principal of Aurobindo College Hari Om said, “The need for an auditorium and sports field will only be fulfilled once the college gets the permission for a new building at Lado Sarai.”