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Even after 19 years, PG centre of Mysore varsity lacks facilities

Sathish G.T
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Who cares?: There is no hostel facility, and students have to cope up with the ill-equipped laboratory and library at the postgraduate centre at Kenchattahalli, near Hassan.
Who cares?: There is no hostel facility, and students have to cope up with the ill-equipped laboratory and library at the postgraduate centre at Kenchattahalli, near Hassan.

For students of Mysore University postgraduate centre Hemagangothri, near Hassan, problems begin soon after they get into the bus to reach the campus. The KSRTC bus driver and conductor refuse to provide a request stop near the campus. The students' day begins with a quarrel with the bus crew.

There is a long list of basic amenities yet to be provided on the campus. There is neither a full-fledged canteen nor hostel. The strength of faculty is far less than required and students have to cope up with the ill-equipped laboratory and library.

The postgraduate centre at Kenchattahalli on Bangalore-Mangalore Road, seven km from Hassan, started functioning in January 1993. The then Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily inaugurated the campus. Even after almost 19 years since its inception, the campus is still in its infancy stage. The university has not been able to make the best use of about 74 acres earmarked for the campus.

Five postgraduate courses — MA in Kannada and English, M.Com, M.Sc. in Bio-Science and Electronics — are offered here. As many as 200 students, majority of them from Hassan and neighbouring districts study here.

There is no hostel facility for boys and girls. About 25 boys have been accommodated in a building, which was earlier a working women's hostel. Only recently, have the boys been provided with a cook. For girls, there is no hostel. They have to find paying guest facilities either in Hassan or nearby villages. The faculty has no quarters.

Prasanna, a first year student of MA in Kannada, said there was no security for the hostel. Most of the students prefer private accommodation to the hostel.

More than 60 per cent of the students in the campus are girls. Mala, student of MA in English, said she commutes from Holenarasipur, about 45 km from the campus. Many of her classmates would have been benefitted if university had provided them hostel facility.

Postgraduate centre director V. Vasudev said that the campus was still in infant stage. “The campus lacks basic infrastructure facilities such as hostels and quarters. A separate building for library is being constructed. Staff quarters is expected to be ready by March. The construction of library and quarters is on,” he said.

The director said of the 25 sanctioned posts only 14 have been filled. “There is a need to equip the laboratory and library,” he said. He also pointed that students face difficulty in reaching the campus. Only city buses stop near the campus, while other KSRTC buses do not. “The problem with city buses is that the timing does not suit with campus timings. We have raised the issue with KSRTC officials several times,” he said.

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