Keonjhar: The government engineering college in Keonjhar is going through multiple problems triggering protests by girls Wednesday.
“We had taken admission in this college with hopes of building our career, but we have been facing problems in studies, accommodation and other matters. We have staged protests in the past. The college authorities, the district administration and the university authorities were apprised of the problems, but they have not been resolved,” the students said. They submitted a memorandum to the Collector.
The college is located amid hills with hostels on its premises. Commuting is the main problem. There are no roads to the college and no lighting along the route. Frequent blackouts hamper their studies. Internet and wi-fi system do not work. Sanitation and drinking water are other problems on the college and hostel premises. The college also lacks parking and canteen facilities.
There are around 1,000 students in the engineering college. Of them, 500 stay in hostels. When contacted, Principal Trilochan Sahu admitted that water and electricity were major problems.
“Due to power cuts, pump sets can’t operate, and this results in water shortage. The distribution company concerned has been asked to set electricity problems right,” he added.