MU to open food court exclusively for foreign students1 min read
Manipal: Manipal University (MU), home to students from over 50 countries, will be opening an International Food Court (IFC) exclusively for the foreign students staying in Manipal.
The IFC will be located between the Manipal.edu building and Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) and will be part of the international hostels. The construction for the same has already begun and the food court is expected to start functioning from the next academic year.
MU has over 1000 foreign students coming in every year, for both academic and exchange programmes. The proposed food court will have the capacity to serve 1,500 students at a time and will serve a variety of cuisines. It is modelled along the lines of the KMC food court, and will have both a mess service as well as several restaurant franchises.
Colonel Badri Narayanan, Director of Purchase for MU, said that the IFC is being built primarily for the students studying in Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC) and Kasturba Medical College International Centre (KMC IC). “These colleges alone have over 1200 students a year. The IFC being close to the international hostels will be of convenience to them,” he said.
However, Nadja Häussler, a German national who is a trainee at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) said that she wouldn’t want to join a food court. “I’m here only for a while. I’d want to use this opportunity to try out different kinds of Indian food,” she said.
“I wouldn’t want to avail the services of a mess. It would be too monotonous for me to eat the same kind of food week after week. It would get too boring,” said Felicia Hor, a second year student of Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC).
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair