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Abhilash Karri

Abhilash Karri

Considerable work has been seen in the current GSHA’s tenure but most of the manifesto points are still in progress, the main reason being the long-term nature of many points that require a lot of time to handle logistics and get implemented properly.

The Mess and Institute Eateries front has seen some significant progress. For food trucks, a limited tender is in process and will be finalised by end of november. A digitized system is being prepared to be tried in select hostels while Food on Wheels has been proposed and will be taken up after feedback from snack vending machines, which is being thought to be implemented in the departments. Timely collection of surplus lunch and dinner has been implemented in private messes and data is being collected on waste food by sustainability cell. Food and Hygiene audits have been done by FSSAI authorized agencies. Fruit-cum-juice outlets have also been operationalized while new food outlets with proper infrastructure are being planned near Sunrise and Campus Hub. Fine system has been implemented in canteens and institute eateries after surprise visits by hygiene committee. Installation of permanent sheds and fences in all eateries has been approved.

The hostel affairs blog has been revamped with extensive details. An online portal for student feedback and discussion is being made while on making all major decisions in meetings public, it has been approved with many constraints which are being finalized. Points mentioned under Institute Facilities have seen limited improvement with proposals like – direction sign boards, Reach Us portal, creation of online portal for hostel guest room booking, setting up of sheds, LED screens for event publicity, central LAN vendor portal, CCTV cameras in public places, e-shuttles – hang in the balance. However, street lights, Sanitary napkin dispensers, maintenance of Lecture Hall Complex, revamping of IITB Hospital website and guidebook, comprehensive health check-up has been been implemented. A SAC room booking portal, eateries feedback system and hospital feedback system has been launched. A vehicle entry software is being introduced for security in place of auto booking system and presently workshops for the security guards is in under process. At the same time, digitization of medical records & online No Dues Certificate facility and Unisex Salon near hostel area has not moved forward. Also, ramps for physically disabled students have not been made.

Medical record digitization will depend on ERP for outsourcing. Eye check-up camps have been organised as a part of discounted health and fitness drive as well as regular vaccination drives have happened. Hostel G. Secs. have been informed about the first aid kits that are provided to the hostels by the hospital. The medicine dispensary has already been privatised.

Structural stability and strength tests have been carried out in old hostels and repair work has been done in some places. Steam cleaning machines will be added to PHO contract this November. Also, alumni events have been organized in some hostels to improve interaction while the senior class gift, to establish new facilities, will start from next year passing out batch.
However, no progress has been made on proposal of female washroom in men’s hostels. A central contract for maintenance of hostel sports grounds has been approved with limited vendors.

While some progress has been made in the proposal towards a sustainable and eco-friendly campus, it is still in its initial phases. Guidelines are being made for Fire Safety and sand buckets have been approved to tackle fire hazards. The online visitor gate pass system is still in its development. For beautification of campus, new garden areas are being decided to be cultivated.

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