Ajit Dubey reports in MidDAY
India’s premier mass communication institute, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is contemplating to allot the newly constructed hostel meant for boys to girls.
The hostel was sanctioned by the controlling authority of the IIMC, about four years ago for boys, as they have to live in expensive rented accommodations in the areas like Munirka, Ber Sarai and Katwaria Sarai near the institute.
IIMC, which is all set to gain the status of “International Media University”, already offers hostel facility to the girls. The management fears that girls may face “problems” due to the boys hostel in campus.
A Head of Department (HOD) of the institute said, “The management thinks that the ‘coexistence’ of both the genders may lead to unhealthy relationships between them and allotting the new hostel to boys would mean fuelling the disorder.”
Another IIMC professor said, “This is an absolute nonsense. The youngest student in IIMC would be of more than 21 years and if adults want to get intimate, they can do it without living close to each other.”
An official from the institute added that the management should take a cue from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, next to the IIMC, where boys and girls have common hostels.
When MiD DAY tried to contact the IIMC management, they refused to comment on the issue saying that they have not taken the final decision on the issue. Stuti Kakkar, director of the institute was not available for comment.
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