What can be termed as a major embarrassment for a reputed institute like Indian Institute of Management (IIM), some students of the institute have left the campus due to the shortage of hostel rooms. There were 111 students when the classes started on July 30 but now the number of students has decreased to 99 as the institute was not able to provide hostel rooms to some students, IIM(S) director Mahadeo Jaiswal said.
The IIM-S has been spreading its weeks since its inception in 2015. The institute has doubled its intake capacity to 120 from 60 this year. It is functioning from the premises of the Sambalpur University now as it does not have a permanent campus of its own. Mr. Jaiswal said "the state government had allotted three hostels for the students of IIM-S in the Sambalpur University campus. However, when we entered into MoU with the university authorities they said they could provide only two hostels.
"We agreed with two hostels. As per the MoU, they were supposed to provide us two hostels by July. But the University authorities provided one hostel and half of another hostel, forcing many students of IIM-S to face trouble and stay in the dormitory."
According to the director, the Sambalpur University authorities till last month had said that they would provide rooms in the hostel to the students of the IIM-S in the month of September. But now they are "refusing". They should at least comply with the MoU, added Jaiswal.
He said, around 15 students of the fourth batch of IIM-S are still staying in the dormitory. The director expressed apprehension that they could also leave the institution. The absence of the required number of rooms has emerged as a challenge now, he said. Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, Deepak Behera, however, said that he was ignorant about the incident.
"We have provided them a hostel and half of another hostel building, where 70 students of the university are also staying," Mr. Behera said. The VC said "a new hostel is being constructed on the premises of the university. We would shift the students of the university to the new hostel only after we get possession of the new hostel building. The PWD should have handed over the building to the university before the academic session began. But the PWD is yet handed it to us."