“When they found that there are no facilities, they might have taken the decision. But more students staying in the dormitories of the University hostel are now asking for hostel rooms. We have promised to provide them accommodation by September. But the Sambalpur University Vice Chancellor is refusing to give any more accommodation facilities”, said Mahadeo Jaiswal, director of IIM Sambalpur.
11 already left
Peeved with lack of hostel facilities, 11 students from the 2018-20 batch of IIM-Sambalpur decided to return home leaving their courses last week
Students staying in the dormitories are now asking for hostel rooms, says Mahadeo Jaiswal, director of IIM-Sambalpur
However, the Vice-Chancellor is refusing to give any more accommodation facilities, Jaiswal said
Jaiswal further said they are backtracking on the MoU they signed for providing hostel facilities
IIM-S, which started functioning from Sambalpur in 2015, has doubled its intake capacity to 120 from 60 this year.
April onwards, it has been functioning from the Sambalpur University campus, as it does not have a permanent campus of its own.
Jaiswal said that the university is backtracking on the MoU they have signed for providing hostel facilities.
As per the MoU , university authorities were supposed to give two hostels, but have provided only one and are refusing to deliver the second.
Those who are staying in dormitories might also leave the institute, Jaiswal apprehended.
He added, "We will be having meeting with the district collector on the issue and varsity authorities today. We are hopeful that the issue will be sorted out soon."
The premier institute was initially operating from a private campus but left it due to dearth of the infrastructure, and moved to the Sambalpur University premises.
"We are taking steps to ensure hostel facilities for the students accommodated at the dormitories. The MoU was signed and the hostel will be provided to the students", said Raseswari Panigrahi, MLA, Sambalpur.