Confronting Complications: KMS Hall Of Residence
Kiran Majumdar Shaw Hall of Residence, situated far away from the hustle- bustle of the academic and hostel areas, in the heart of greenery, is home to about 450 odd female boarders. Under the care and guidance of the warden, Prof. Monalisa Mishra, it has undergone refinement by leaps and bounds. Over the past year, the boarders witnessed a gradual augmentation in the facilities and a peaceful stay here. But as the saying goes, there’s always room for improvement. After a profound and deep look into the matter, Team MM gives you an insight into one of the most sought after hostels on campus.
With the advent of the new session, the boarders of KMS Hall of Residence witnessed irregularities in the allotment of rooms as all the rooms in A & B blocks were converted into four seater rooms and that of C & D blocks into double seater, the reason behind this being shortage of rooms and the allotment of all the freshmen at KMS to curb acts of ragging or any other menace. But the current scenario contradicts the aforementioned fact as rooms in B block are yet to be filled, but the third year scholars have to calibrate in four seater rooms, despite the rooms having the capacity to accommodate three boarders only. While such predicaments existed, the warden strictly denied any such issue and rather stated that the pre-final year students wanted to stay in four seater rooms, which is absurd and irrelevant to facts.
Leaky roofs due to low maintenance
The boarders were asked to deliberately shift all their belongings to the common room before leaving for the summer vacations, for the sake of painting and renovation works, but they returned to find no significant change. Mostly, the boarders of the C and D block face this setback. The walls are quite untidy, scribbled and paint stains all over, much to the disappointment of the boarders. There are spider webs and dust clinging to the walls, which proves that not much work has been done. Even the roofs of all the blocks need to be whitewashed; this could help combat the excessive heat during summers.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE
The hygienic conditions of this hall are still a matter of concern. Many of the bathrooms are in a dilapidated condition with flushes and shower heads broken. The pest issue and dog menace still remain unsolved. The end of the last year saw many boarders infected with skin diseases due to the uncontrolled pests. Speaking about the pest issue, Prof. Mishra assures that insecticides are being sprayed regularly for countering the pest menace.
The washrooms in the B-block are not properly ventilated. Most of the geysers in the C and D-blocks do not work. There are many toilets where bulbs are fused and the floor is cracked. Mirrors in front of basins, hangers and bolts in bathrooms are also broken. The cleaning of these washrooms is not quite satisfactory. Here goes a strong analysis of the washrooms at KMS Hall.
Broken flushes in some of the toilets
IN POOR CONDITION
MIRROR NOT PRESENT
OPEN DRAIN HOLE
2. FUSED BULB
MESS AND DINING
Recently the mess caterer of KMS Hall was changed. But this step did not seem to provide a favorable result as the boarders saw a reduction in the quality and quantity of the food being served at present. The dining of the mess is very well furnished and recently a significant effort has been put to improve the lighting facility of the mess dining area. The dining is provided with ceiling lights and decorative screens which add a glamorous look of the mess. The night canteen in front of the A-Block is also being renovated to provide boarders with a good canteen facility. On being asked about the current status regarding the mess food, Prof. Monalisa Mishra stated,
The reviews for breakfast and snacks are good. I actually received complaints regarding the rice being served at the mess. Now that we have the newly elected hall representatives, so the boarders have more power. So, whenever the boarders feel there is a need for change they can convey the same through the HEC representatives. Now, after electing a new mess secretary, she we will look into this matter and try to improve the quality of the mess food.
One more issue that remains unresolved includes the hygienic conditions of the mess. The mess workers are not found wearing caps and aprons. There were several instances where boarders found hair and insects in the food being served. Even the plates and spoons are found to be sticky and oily sometimes. On being asked about this issue, the warden of KMS Hall promises to bring a change in the hygienic issues by incorporating strict rules for mess workers.
WATER AND POWER SUPPLY
There is no such issue regarding power cuts and ineffective power supply in the KMS Hall due to its location in the residential area but the inefficient water supply is definitely a matter of discussion. The water coolers in the B and A block have been dysfunctional recently causing a lot of problems for boarders as they have to go to D-block to get their bottles filled. On being asked about this issue, Prof. Monalisa Mishra, the warden of KMS Hall says,
Some parts of the water coolers have been damaged. The repair personnel who does all the maintenance works was called and he repaired the coolers twice but still, the coolers remain dysfunctional. We have also complained several times but he is not responding. So, we are trying to find a permanent settlement of the problem.
The geysers in most of the washrooms are also not functional. The geyser repairing is done by the chief warden office once in a year before summer. On bringing this issue to the warden, Prof. Monalisa Mishra promises to look into this matter very soon.
RECREATION AND SPORTS
Recreation and sporting facilities are valued by the boarders as these give them a much-needed break from routine and college. However, KMS can definitely improve upon such facilities. For instance, the basketball court was repaired last year. Funds were allocated to obtain the hoops’ nets but the then Sports Secretary found it impossible to obtain it either from local shops or even from online stores. So, the court remains dysfunctional. The tennis and badminton court is also in a sorry state after heavy rains. The court is waterlogged and the repairs will start only after the monsoon.
Hoops without net in the basketball court and waterlogged tennis court
When asked whether the funds allocated towards sports and recreation in the hall were enough to buy equipment for the boarders, the secretary replied in affirmative. No shortages were seen and the received equipment was sufficient. The boarders are lent out equipment and careful track is kept to ensure that they are returned. The gym is also stipulated for repairs which will be carried out soon.
There were plans to furnish a reading room in the B block of the hall. Last semester, the room saw some new furniture in the form of tables and a shelf. The room, however, remains locked and unused. On speaking to the warden of the hall, she informed that about forty chairs are due to arrive any day now, after which the room will be functional and open to all.
Provisions have been made for the installation of two swings in the gardens of KMS hall. These had been put up for a few days but were then dismantled due to some hitches. The warden promises to have them up after the rain ends so that the boarders can sit back and relax.
Last session, KMS hall witnessed two feasts one of which was the garden feast and the other; the Hall Day, celebratory feast. The Hall Day function saw many cultural events and celebrations, which was accompanied by a grand feast. Both the feast days gave an opportunity to the boarders to let their hair down owing to the presence of DJs and music.
Even though a major portion of the populace voted against the continuation of the in-time rule, no changes have been seen in the hall. Boarders coming in after 10.30 PM are required to sign in on a register and provide the contact information of their parents as well as information on where they have been. When asked as to how many late entries are allowed before the Institute sends out a warning of some kind to the concerned boarder, the warden replied that no notice has been received regarding this, so no steps are being taken.
WHAT MORE TO EXPECT: WARDEN SPEAKS
Discussing her plans for the hall, Prof. Monalisa Mishra, Warden of KMS hall of residence said,
I will do all that is possible for the benefit of this hall. The repairs required in the bathrooms shall be covered. The study room will be ready. I have plans to decorate the hall nicely. The water issues will be seen to; the coolers shall be fixed. The things which will be proposed by our secretaries and the decisions which will be taken in the general body meetings will be implemented properly.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Hall of Residence has been making rounds as one of the most progressive halls around the campus. Team MM and the boarders of the hall look forward to witness the same levels of improvement KMS has shown over the years.