Situated close to the State capital, this fairly new government engineering college was fortunate to have a building last year. The swanky structure of the Ramanagaram Government Engineering College building, located on the 19-acre campus, can give any private engineering college building a run for its money.
However, so far this is the best part: the college is plagued by teething problems and students are put to all sorts of hardships. Lack of infrastructure, faculty and connectivity are the issues of concern for most.
The approach road to the campus is just a dirt track dotted with slush pools. The stretch is particularly difficult for girls, a sixth semester student pointed out. The campus is not secured by a wall, which makes them feel unsafe, she said, and added that the restrooms are filthy.
Inside the building, many classrooms resemble something out of the boondocks: many have yet to be furnished with chairs and desks for the students. As for faculty, that too is a sore point. A fourth semester student, a Bangalore native, said he chose this college as it was a government institution. Complaining about poor standards with very few teachers equipped to teach, he said: “We've been asking them to give us just attendance and we'll [make our own arrangements].”
College Principal Hanumantha Nayak, who took charge on August 23 after his predecessor, Principal Sugumar, was transferred following serious financial irregularities, said that things are improving gradually. “As it is a government set up, it requires time to bring everything together,” he said.
The Department of Technical Education has asked the Public Works Department to lay a new road to the campus from Mysore Road while estimates are being prepared for the compound wall.
Despite the precarious faculty strength, the college had been registering about 70 per cent results every semester, thanks to the efforts of polytechnic lecturers who are on deputation here, Dr. Nayak said. Guest faculty make up for the shortfall, he said.
Director of Technical Education H.U. Talawar said three professors were recently appointed to this college and 11 assistant professors will be appointed shortly.
Hostel facility on a sharing basis is being provided for 100 boys and girls each in Ramanagaram town, Dr. Nayak said. The college has urged the Government to provide Cauvery water as the borewell supply was below par.