1st January 2016. The first day of the semester begins with fresh energy and the classes are brimming with energy. Students are full. There is excitement among the students for the new courses. There are promises (like the ones made previous semester but which never get fulfilled) of being sincere and regular this time. Fast forward 3 months to the last date of withdrawal. By this time the classes are half empty. The enthusiasm to learn has turned into a battle to save grades for many. The withdrawal period witnesses some quite interesting stories to talk about.
After months of prolonged speculation on whether the government will or will not raise the fees of IITs in accordance with the recommendation of the joint IIT council, the cat is finally out of the bag. The Union human resources development (HRD) ministry has decided to more than double the tuition fees of IITs from the current Rs 90,000 annually to Rs 2 lakh.
Given the IIT standing committee, expert committee and finally, the high-powered IIT panel all recommending steep fee hikes, the decision to raise the fees was more about "when" than "if". But still, many who refused to read the writing on the wall are a disappointed lot today.
#1 There was a fire near block 6 (not sure) in the garbage heap...lack of water created a very awkward situation at the security area...apparently the extinguisher was faulty too and the poor guy ran from pillar to post to get sufficient water. At one point they contemplated on calling the fire truck for this puny thing!
By Priyanshi and Vipasha
‘Well begun is half done’- To bend the quote a little, the registration process at the beginning of every semester becomes so time consuming and cumbersome that once you are done, it feels like half the semester is done! The amount of discussions, debates and consulting that takes place to pick the right courses adds up to much more than the effort we put in for the entire semester.
As all of you might be aware about the fact that from this semester onwards, there has been a change in anatomy of hostel mess fees. It has been changed from 17,000 to 22,000 for boys’ hostel while 15,000 to 17,000 for girls hostel. A team headed by Associate Dean Hostel Management Professor Subba Rao, Assistant Registrar Amitabh Mukherjee and Dean of Student Affairs, Professor S.K. Gupta have decided to collect vacation (summer and winter) mess fees along with semester fees. Here is a detailed interview about the new policy with BHM Secretary Yoshita Agrawal.
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