Karachi/ Nawabshah: Thousands of students living in the hostels of Quaid e Awam University of Engineering and Technology (QUEST) have been facing immense problems due to lack of cleanliness, supply of polluted drinking water and poor quality food at hostel messes, but the administration is yet to pay a serious attention to resolve these genuine issues.
QUEST is a premier engineering university of Sindh, known in whole country and abroad for its high academic standards and committed faculty. It is catering engineering education needs of whole upper Sindh and producing quality engineering graduates.
However, the student residing in Quest hostels complain that the standard of these hostels is pathetically poor. Saving, C and H blocks of the hostels where the hostel wardens are very professional and committed all other hostel blocks depict a sorrow picture of neglect, apathy and corruption. Messes in these hostels are not regular and even when they are open they provide poor quality food to students at very high rates. Students get only a hot liquid called tea and stale and low quality cake-pieces in breakfast. They have to go to Sector-A canteen which is a kilometre or so away to Naka area of the town to get some respectable breakfast. Lunch and dinner in the hostel messes of QUEST saving C and H blocks are poor both in quantity and quality but are highly expensive. The administration should check the hygiene standards of the mess kitchens and dining halls and also the quality of food they serve.
Polluted water is supplied to the hostel inmates that is not good for their health. Water filters are only changed regularly in C and H blocks of these hostels, while the students of other blocks are compelled to drink unfiltered water; however, the hostel wardens are not interested to ensure supply of clean water to their students. Sadly this university houses an environmental engineering department, but the environmental standards of the campus, especially its hostels need a serious review.
Students and their parents have appealed to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Abdul Kareem Baloch and the wardens of hostels to pay surprise visits to the hostel blocks and check the standard of facilities including mess facilities available there and take remedial actions to improve the standard of these hostels so that their inmates could live peacefully and fully concentrate on their studies.