| Sudy focus: Faraday Hostel. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey
The Patna Science College administration has decided to crack the whip on boarders at its hostels staying out late. It has fixed study hours for their academic progress.
According to sources, the prefects of all five hostels — Faraday, Cavendish, CV Raman, Ramanujan and Newton —for undergraduate students of Patna Science College have recently started conducting night attendance roll call of boarders around 9pm daily.
The prefect would report to the warden about students found absent during the attendance call for more than 10 consecutive days. The warden would then initiate disciplinary action against the boarder depending on the situation.
The main entrance gates of all the five hostels are closed at 10pm.
Reacting to the new disciplinary measures, Vinay Kumar, a final-year geology student and a boarder of Faraday Hostel, said: “The hostel superintendent has instructed that the night attendance of boarders would be followed strictly. The idea is to inculcate a sense of discipline among the students. The college has resumed fixed study hours for students.” The study hours extend from 7 to 9 in the mornings and evenings. The rule was in force in the hostels under Patna Science College till a few years back.
The boarders, however, complained about the ramshackle condition of the hostels. A boarder at Cavendish Hostel said: “The hostels of Patna Science College belong to the British era. The negligence of the college administration have left them in bad shape.” The roofs of all hostels have leaks, while the toilets are poorly maintained.
College principal Arun Kumar Sinha said: “The renovation work of hostels would start in a couple of months. Detailed project reports and measurement work of these hostels are complete.”
Bihar State Education Infrastructural Development Corporation would carry out the renovation of the college building and its hostels. The state government has allocated Rs 2.77 crore to Patna Science College for repair and renovation of the college building and the hostels.
Principal Sinha said: “The roofs of the buildings would be cast with cement and the buildings whitewashed.”