GSec Miles 17-18: BHM

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With poltu season approaching, we take a closer look at the how the outgoing General Secretaries of the various boards have performed in their tenures: the progress they’ve made, the points still left to be struck off and the highlights of the year.

With a rather eventful year on the hostel front, our second article pertains to the Board for Hostel Management. We examine Mayank Gupta’s (BHM General Secretary) manifesto (which can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vPtYDmrAufJ6aINvnK6EiS7erByg4cLH/view?usp=sharing) below and document the board’s upcoming initiatives and efforts to enhance the quality of students’ lives.

Complete

  • BHM Committee Involvement: Periodic food joint feedback elicited. In addition, members of the administration also conduct surprise checks in hostel messes. To improve the quality of the food and for broadening the mess menu, BHM has planned to collaborate with good Hotel Management colleges, whose students would be working with the current mess chefs.
  • Extra Messing Options: Extra messing options have been increased(including veg dishes) in selected hostels.
  • Ensuring Food Delivery by Major Campus Outlets: Baqsa and Chaayos now deliver food to the hostels. Chaayos delivers throughout the day. Apart from this Shivalik night mess delivers food for a minimum order of Rs.150 during its working hours
  • Hostel gym maintenance: Gyms have been provided with advanced equipments and better maintenance.
  • Washing Machines: New washing machines have been installed in selected hostels but the student-washing machine ratio is still poor.
  • 24×7 Food Outlets on Campus
  • Online Maintenance Complaint System: Access to this portal, however, is only granted to the caretaker and students cannot directly lodge complaints online themselves.
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Know Your BHM: Posts relating to BHM updates, mess fee breakup and campus food outlets already exist. More updates would be posted when the upcoming BHM online portal is functional.

Partially Done/Ongoing

  • Conservation Initiatives: In addition to the existing policy of self dumping in some hostels, the Pay per Meal policy is expected to tackle food wastage due to absenteeism. 
  • Transparency of Hostel Budgets and Online Inventory: BHM and BSA jointly asked the secretaries of various hostels to publish their inventory on the hostel website. As in previous years, hostel budget details can be obtained from the warden/caretaker.
  • Recognized hostel level committees
  • Medical facilities already in place for Government Mess Workers. The administration is working on extending medical support to construction workers.
  • Vending machines: BHM is in talks with a company for the installation of vending machines at four prime locations in the campus.
  • Monthly mess food feedback and Award-based Incentives for Mess Workers: Mess registers in hostels; no such awards exist.
  • BHM award transparency: Points were already made available to all house secys.

Broken

  • Biometric Attendance in Messes
  • Setting up more ATMs in accessible locations

Other Highlights

  • The ‘Pay per meal’ policy is one which a large section of the student population is looking forward to. According to this policy a student is supposed to de-select meals he’ll not be having in the hostel mess at least 2 days prior through a portal which will be launched.  Implementation will start with a one month trial in a hostel to examine the sustainability of the system and resolve possible flaws like the fair distribution of fees.
  • Indian Coffee House would replace the cafeteria which was closed in the beginning of the previous semester. The construction work of Shiru Cafe is nearing completion and can be expected to be functional soon.
  • BHM is also trying to improve the current living conditions in the hostels. One of the wings of Nilgiri has been renovated and the rest is to be continued in the summer and this is planned for all the old hostels.
  • Wi-Fi router installation in hostels

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