Jaipur`s fine art students wear helmets in class

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 18:19

Jaipur: Students of an art school in
Rajasthan have started wearing helmets before entering
classrooms, as means to safeguard themselves from the shabby
condition of their college building.

Surprisingly, for the last one year, the
under-graduate and post-graduate students of Rajasthan School
of Art, wear helmets when they enter their classrooms,
President of the College Students Union, Ajay Singh Shekhawat,
told PTI.
"It is an ancient monument, its wall, ceiling, roof,
and floor are breaking from every corner of the rooms.
Recently a piece of 5 kg plaster fell on the students during a
class in which one of them has sustained injuries. Since then
the students are very scared of the deteriorating building
structure", Shekhawat said.

He also handed over a memorandum to the Chief
Minister, Higher Education Minister and senior department
officials.

"The Government is quite aware of the situation and
the chief minister has announced twice in his budget speech to
shift the college to a safer place, but to no avail so far",
he said.

A piece of land was allocated in Shiksha Sankul`s
block number nine, the building design was approved, but the
process got stuck, he said, adding two alternative government
buildings were also proposed, but took cognizance of the CM`s
budgetary statement.
Due to non-shifting of own college place, the UGC
affiliation was discontinued, Shekhawat said.

A Public Works Department official, said on the
condition of anonymity, that the minor repair and maintenance
was done as and when required, but the whole builing could not
be renovated so easily.

"The students union would launch an agitation on roads
after Deepawali vacation, if the shifting of place is not
done," said Shekhawat.

The college was to be shifted to a suitable place, but
unless the JDA is directed, how could action be ensured, a
Jaipur Development Authority official said.

An approval from the Education Ministry was awaited,
another official said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 18:19

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