Resolving the Unknown: Ask A Question 11.0
With the end of the autumn semester in sight, MM gathered any queries the NITR junta may have for the concerned authorities. We bring to you the answers to your questions, be it regarding academics, amenities or accommodation.
RESPONSE FROM Prof. CK BISWAS, HOD, COMPUTER CENTRE
MM: The internet in the evening has been painfully slow in the evening? What is the reason behind this?
CKB: We have two service providers; the primary one is BSNL and Ortel (based on Airtel) is the secondary one. BSNL provides around 1gbps of shared line which implies that 1gbps is equally divided for almost 6000 thousand students. So, each student gets around 600-700 mbps. On the other hand, Ortel provides only 200 mbps. There are two routes for BSNL’s opticalfiberss and when one gets broken, they provide internet only through one path. That makes the entire internet traffic pass through one way and the BSNL network becomes really slow. Hence, when BSNL goes down, internet is provided via ortel and that is what causes the pain! We are completely helpless because BSNL service is being provided by the government. We don’t get funds for that; the central government directly pays on our behalf. And resorting to other means is very expensive; we pay INR 25 lakhs per year for ortel’s 200mbps connection.
RESPONSE FROM PROF. SUMAN JHA, WARDEN, SD HALL OF RESIDENCE
MM: The geysers in the SD Hall of residence are yet not installed in the bathrooms. Given that winter has started, when can we expect them to be ready to use?
SJ: The bidding for the installation of geysers was done yesterday and the file will be processed on Monday. The delay has been due to the confusion regarding the process of procurement of the geysers for the hall of residence. By the end of this month the geysers will be installed.
MM: The SD hall mess pipelines are in a need of urgent repairs, when will it be done?
SJ: The SD hall water tank is located just above the mess and due to some breakage in the pipeline the water keeps on seeping through the roof. The estate team visited the hall 5 days before and reported of there being some major construction problem. The problem is being taken care of and will be sorted out by the end of the coming week.
MM: The SD hall residents paid money twice for getting curtains in their room. When will it be done? Will the money be refunded if the curtains are not put up?
SJ: The director has refused for the installation of curtains in the hall of residences and the work will not be done further as opposed to the way previously it was done. There was a confusion regarding the head under which the payment has been made and the residents have not paid twice. The refunding part is handled by the Chief Warden and Director and they only can say about the financial outcomes of the move.
RESPONSE FROM PROF. S.C. MOHANTY, WARDEN, VS HALL OF RESIDENCE
MM: The geysers in the A block of the VS Hall of residence are non-functional. When will they be repaired?
SCM: The geysers in all the blocks of the VS Hall of residence are being repaired and as of now 31 of them have already been repaired. Soon the rest of them will also be done with the repairing. I assure the residents of the hall that they will not have to suffer due to cold water in the winter season.
RESPONSE FROM PROF. POONAM SINGH, WARDEN, CVR HALL OF RESIDENCE
MM: The number of guards stationed at CVR has been reduced from 3 to 2 during the day shift and from 4 to 3 during the night shift. This move caused discomfort to the guards as well. What is the reason behind this move?
PS: The number of guards has been the same as it was when I took over as the warden of CVR, a few months back. I have no knowledge of any reduction in their numbers.
RESPONSE FROM PROF. K.K. MAHAPATRA, DEAN ACADEMICS
MM: Is Summer Semester going to be there, this academic year?
KKM: Summer semester will be there as usual for courses with major failures, especially in first year which are common to all branches i.e., in which a large number of students failed and they require these classes. The senate has already disbanded summer for third and fourth year courses. Actually we are planning to include the second year courses like Mathematics 202 in the summer in which a large number of students fail. Also we are planning to change the syllabus of Mathematics 101 and cover it in two semesters instead of one. This is based on the feedback received from the concerned students. We do not want our students to suffer.
MM: Is it true that the minimum required attendance in 4 credit courses have been rolled back from 85% to 75% and after 16 absents, a student directly gets debarred from the course instead of getting a grade back at 8 absents?
KKM: This is a rumour entirely which is indeed going on strongly. But we have not planned or made any such changes. The counselling cell has proposed a more lenient attendance rule to the senate and if it gets accepted and passed then changes will be made accordingly. But no such decision has been taken as of now.
RESPONSE FROM DR. CHAMPAK BHATTACHARYA, HOD, DISPENSARY
MM: Why are some medicines not reimbursed at the dispensary?
CB: It is not my place to answer this. Instead you can put this question to the Board.
All the questions for the director will be taken up in the subsequent editions of the Director’s Desk.