STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Sambalpur, 14 November
The stir of the students of College of Horticulture in Chipilima over poor infrastructure and non-utilisation of funds entered its second day today, with the students pressing for prompt steps to fulfill their demands.
The College of Horticulture is a constituent college of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT).
The president of the college&’s student union, Mr Satya Prakash Barik alleged that the college is yet to have the basic infrastructure thought it was established about three decades ago, in 1981.
“The authorities are yet to take care of basic things like hygiene and safe drinking water. A large number of students are affected with diseases, mostly with water-borne diseases, throughout the year. The ailing students do not even get medicines,” he said.
Lamenting the poor academic activities, he charged that the library is ill-equipped. He also alleged that the college authorities fail to arrange better campus selection facilities.
Meanwhile, the dean Dr Bijay Kumar Mishra visited the agitators requesting them to call of the stir, which however was turned down.
“We will end our stir only after getting concrete assurance by the vice-chancellor Dr Manoranjan Kar,” said Mr Alok Sahu, a final year student.
It was later decided that a delegation of students will meet VC Dr Kar at Bhubaneswar and discuss the range of issues.