Common room for female students of AU, inaugurated at Arts faculty

ALLAHABAD: At a time when the authorities of Allahabad University have been pulled up by the National Women Commission (NWC) in regard to neglecting the inmates of women hostel and the female students on the campus in terms of providing various amenities, varsity authorities have inaugurated a new facility for girl students of the campus.

The first of its kind facility on the campus was inaugurated by officiating VC, Prof R R Tewari, on Friday.

Named as ‘girls common room’, the pink coloured building is located behind the department of Education of the Arts faculty. The first of its kind, the common room will have pink toilets and seating capacity of around 100 girls at a time. This would be used as a central facility, would have proper seating facility for the women students besides Hindi and English newspapers and RO-filtered potable water.

The central university has around 23,000 regular students on its campus, including 7,300 women. However, there were no common halls on the campus and students had been raising this demand since long. The common hall, constructed over an area of 1,200 square ft, can accommodate over 100 students at a time.

“We often have long gaps between classes and lack a comfortable place to sit. Toilet is another major issue as very few departments have the facility and most girls are forced to head to the women’s college campus located quite a distance away. Thus, facility as this was always needed”, said Priya Singh, an BSc student.

The orders for construction of this common room along with its amenities were issued by the former vice-chancellor Prof RL Hangloo after a delegation of 15 women students from different departments met him in August last and demanded for this facility. The construction which began in August was completed in December.

However, as Prof Hangloo resigned from the post on December 31, the inauguration of the facility got delayed.

There is also a plan is to install a sanitary pad vending machine in the newly constructed common hall for the benefit of the female students, officials maintain.

The reason for the common hall and the pink toilets being constructed in the arts faculty is that it is AU’s most busy campus with maximum number of women students as compared to the commerce, science and law faculty campuses, said AU officials.

Law faculty and Commerce faculty campuses have a common room each, though not in lines of match this new facility on the arts faculty campus. If the demand comes for same in science faculty, we will consider it sympathetically, said AU PRO, Shailendra Mishra.

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