To put an end to inter-departmental clashes in hostels and promote camaraderie between the students of various departments, the authorities of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) have devised a new hostel scheme.
The arrangement will come into force when the hostel reopens after Onam vacation.
Recently, two students of School of Engineering (SOE) and over 80 students of the Departments of Ship Technology and Instrumentation were suspended from hostel for inter-departmental clashes. Taking the situation into consideration, the authorities have decided to shuffle the students. Instead of placing students from the same departments together, post-graduate and graduate students will be sharing the space.
“Students of different departments will be placed together. This will prevent group formation and pave the way for more interaction and friendship among different departments,” said Registrar A Ramachandran. He said nothing has been decided about the suspended students as the inquiry is going on and report yet to be submitted.
However, a section of the students are not happy with the decision as they have to move out of their comfort zones, away from batchmates and friends.
“We will have to move to different hostels for combined studies and discussions. There are six boys’ hostels. Moreover, the hostel committees and mess committees will have to be changed when the new scheme comes into force, we don’t know how far it will be effective. Some of the PG students have been staying in the same hostel for the past eight years and do not look forward to the change,” said Afsal, former LDG convener, Cusat. But hostel warden S Prathapan said the changes were being made for the benefit of the students.
“This is a long-term plan. This is to discourage compartmentalisation. We want the students to represent Cusat and not departments. As a precautionary measure against ragging we plan to put freshers in one hostel. The final semester students will be put in one hostel so that at the time of vacating, freshers can move in. The aim is to have a homogeneous student community,” he said.