Unhygienic conditions, lack of furniture haunt MGM hostel students



Indore: Hundreds of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) students are facing issues due to unhygienic conditions and lack of furniture on its hostel campuses.
Students are sleeping on floor of common hall of the hostels despite allotment of rooms due to lack of furniture. The situation is common both in boys and girls hostels. Parents of new students have even raised the issue with authority concerned, but to no avail.
Purchase of new furniture is stuck due to funds crunch with MGM. This is not the only issue with which students are struggling in boys’ hostels.
Lift of a six-floor new block constructed around three years ago is dysfunctional. MGM boys’ hostel has seven blocks with a capacity of over 731 students. Of them, four blocks are for UG (MBBS) students, one for interns, two for postgraduate students, including newly constructed six floor block.
A medical college official said, “The newly constructed block in boys’ hostel has dysfunctional lift for three years. Initially, the lift was functional for a couple of weeks, but it went out of operation later.”
“Issue of uncleanliness, lack of furniture and illegal occupants are a major trouble for students residing in MGM boys’ hostel. These issues were raised before divisional commissioner Mal Singh Bhaydiya after he inspected the hostel premises a couple of days ago,” an official said.
MGM dean Dr Sanjay Dixit said, “Public works department was informed of the issues. Tender for making the lift operational has been floated. Also, a list of furniture requirements was sent to senior authorities. We are trying for CSR donation for purchasing furniture.”
Besides issues of unhygienic conditions and lack of furniture, students at girls hostel are dealing with problem of seepage, irregular water supply, lack of proper lighting and stray dogs.
Stray dogs enter inside the hostel campuses from main gate and damaged parts of boundaries putting students at risk of canine bites.
All the issues came to light when students submitted an application to the dean demanding improvement in services.
They mentioned in their application that they were forced to raise the issues before the dean as the helpdesk set up for raising complaints didn’t respond.
The hostel campus has ten blocks, including three newly constructed ones. Over 600 female students and doctors are availing the hostel facility.
Dean Dr Dixit told TOI, “Most if the issues raised by the hostellers are sorted, including electricity bulbs, water supply and cleanliness.”





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