GNDU students again raise issue of hostel catering costs: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Amritsar, May 3

A section of GNDU hoteliers raised the issue of catering costs charged by the university under the mandatory diet bill.

Contractors served substandard food and every student has to pay even if they didn’t eat a single meal. This is also the case with hostels for girls. We have repeatedly asked the authorities to introduce a pay-per-meal system or even a waiver of mess fees in case a student does not take advantage of the mess catering service. — Aryan, law student

The students said whether they ate food served at the mess or not, they had to pay the bill, deeming it unjustified. Aryan, a law student, said that students have to pay Rs 1,150 every month for boys and Rs 1,000 for girls as hostel mess fees, which puts an unnecessary burden on students in the economically weaker section.

“The contractors have served substandard food and every student has to pay even if they have not eaten a single meal. This is also the case with the girls’ hostels. We have repeatedly asked the authorities to put put in place a pay-per-meal system or even a mess fee waiver in case a student does not take advantage of the mess catering service,” he said. He said the mess fee had been increased from Rs 200 last year, while menu items were reduced from 32 to 27. Another student from the same hostel said that the special diet was also restricted. “The special diet, for which every student has to pay an extra 60 rupees, is now only served two to three times a month and most of the time dessert is also ignored there,” he said. Students also complain about the quality of the food served.

The issue of mess fees was also raised by students last year, where they submitted a letter to the Dean of Student Welfare (DSW) and Registrar. Meanwhile, DSW Anish Dua said the university cannot change the rules midterm.

“There is no such problem. Some people just try to make a problem out of it. The service provider, in this case the mess contractor, provides the service under the terms and conditions in effect. In case of accommodation fees, the university acts as a facilitator as the fees collected from the students ultimately go to the contractor for their service. We have set up a food surveillance committee to check the hygiene and quality of the food served to the students,” he said.

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