MU increases perm time of hostels and libraries, MIT refrains2 min read
Manipal: Dr. Indira Bairy, Director, Student Affairs, Manipal University (MU) said, “The timings have increased to provide the students with more time to study in the libraries. The hostel timings have been extended to midnight so that the students can go back after the libraries close.”
MU issued a circular on February 11, signed by the Registrar in accordance with the Superintendent of Police, Udupi stating that all libraries of MU will now close at 11.30pm on all days and hostel gates will be closed at midnight. The circular also contained the SP’s request to the student community to avoid drunken driving and loitering after 11pm.
However, Manipal institute of Technology (MIT) has not yet taken a decision on the perm time extension. “As of now for the MIT hostels, the old timing still stands. The KC gate will close at 11pm. The library will close at 10.30pm and the hostels will close at 11pm,” said C. M. S Kalakoti, Chief Warden, MIT Campus.
“If the students can’t be outside after 11pm and the hostels are supposed to close by 12 am, what are the students supposed to do in that time gap?” opined the MIT Chief Warden.
Ashvath Singh, first year, Civil Engineering student from MIT said, “I’m staying in the fifth block. Our perm time is 9.30pm which was increased to 10.30pm during the sessionals. Yes, I heard about the perm being increased to 12am, but I thought that was a rumour. I don’t think there is a need to increase the perm time because things are going smoothly. If anything, the library perm should be extended. There won’t be much to do if the perm time is extended because the food court closes by 9:30pm.”
The circular is in effect at the Kasturba Medical College (KMC) hostels. Meenakshi Shrinivasan, a second year student at the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) said, “The new curfew gives us so much more freedom. We can study longer in the library, and trust me being a medical student, we can use all the extra time we can get. This new curfew shows that the management trusts us as responsible students.”
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran