Punjab Agricultural University’s (PAU) guest house ‘Parker House’ that once provided its services to one and all, especially when it was opened in the early 70s, is lying highly ignored for the past many years. The guest house was introduced to the university by its second vice - chancellor MS Randhawa with an aim to provide quality accommodation to the guests at PAU.
Randhawa named it Parker House to honour the noted American judge, Frank Wilson Parker, for his contribution in helping to establish the university, followed by his contribution to promote agriculture in India.
But now, the authorities seem to have turned a blind eye towards its aim. Whosoever checks in here leaves the place with a very disappointing and gloomy experience, as all 90 rooms don’t have proper basic facilities.
Though, the guest house authorities do not entertain media on its premises to keep the pathetic condition of its guest house under wraps, HT managed to visit some of its guest rooms, which underlined the languid attitude of the PAU authorities, who seem to be least bothered to renovate these rooms.
A guest, who spent a night at the guest house last week, shared his experience, requesting anonymity, “The room in which I was staying had not been renovated for the past few decades. The cupboards were stinking due to dampness.
Not only rooms, even bathrooms were not in a good condition, as the pipe of wash basin was broken.” “Above all, no landline service or television was provided in the room, and it was a very irking experience,” he said.
He said, “Randhawa, who came up with the concept of introducing this guest house, could have never imagined that coming authorities would ignore it one day.”
HT also met some of the officials, who unanimously shared that since university had no funds, the guest house and many other buildings at PAU were crying for care and attention.
“It’s funny that some rooms have television sets, but they do not function. Despite many complaints by the guests, no efforts have been made by the authorities concerned to rectify them,” the official said.
The official said the university had not maintained any feedback register for taking response from the guests staying at guest house. Despit e several attempts, PAU estate officer JS Mahal could not be contacted.