Express press service
PERAMBALUR: Students from Kurumbalur and Veppanthattai government art colleges in the district say the institutions lack adequate basic facilities such as clean water, toilets and a sports ground. They also pointed to the lack of bus services to help them get to college.
According to sources, more than 2,500 are continuing their studies at Kurumbalur college and more than 1,500 at Veppanthattai college. Following the reopening of colleges in line with the government’s announcement on Covid-19 restrictions, students are regularly attending classes every day.
They allege, however, that the toilets are in very poor condition at both colleges. This causes them a lot of inconvenience, especially the girls. Also, there are not enough bus services and students have recently submitted petitions in this regard to the Perambalur Collectorate and the management of the bus depot.
Federation of Students of India District Secretary R Ramakrishnan told TNIE, “Due to the lack of proper toilets, male students resort to open defecation.
There is no other choice because the toilets are poorly maintained. Some toilets are also badly damaged. There is no hostel at Veppanthatai College. The district administration should take immediate action on the problems.
A student from Veppanthattai Middle School’s history department, who did not wish to be named, said, “A drinking water dispenser has been installed at one place for the entire college use. It is therefore difficult for all the pupils to have water.
More water dispensers can be installed in various places. In addition, the college’s playground is surrounded by thorny bushes, which need to be cleaned up at the earliest, he added.
A student from the Tamil Department of Kurumbalur University of Arts said, “We don’t have enough buses to get to the university and back home in time. There is only one service during peak hours. We are therefore forced to travel several times on the running board because the seats are always occupied.
We know it’s dangerous, but we have no choice. Authorities should provide adequate morning and evening bus services. All buses passing the route should also be asked to stop at the college bus stop.
When contacted, a district administration official said, “We received a petition about this. We will study it and act. »