The alumni batch of 1969 of IIT Bombay has initiated the ‘Hostel Study Room Project’ to provide better facilities to the students for their academic progress. The study room in the hostels would help the students prepare better for exams and projects.
Due to the lack of sufficient no. of rooms, the Institute was forced to house two students in single rooms in some of the old hostels. With two beds in the room, there was no space left for a study table or chair. IITBHF, Dean of Student Affairs and the General Secretary Student Affairs collectively agreed that well-equipped study rooms that could be utilized for individual as well as a collaborative study area would alleviate the lack of study space within the hostel rooms. Hence the Study Room Project was initiated led by Deepak Agarwal of Batch of ‘69. In March 2016, Arun Joshi and Sitapathi Koundinya of Batch of 69 prepared a project report detailing student needs, potential room that could be reconfigured in each of the older Hostels along with ball park costs.
Two air-conditioned study rooms in Hostel 2 and Hostel 8 were inaugurated on October 12, 2017. It is gratifying to know that the study rooms did fulfill the intended need and that students did appreciate this new facility in the hostel.
Rekha Koita, an alumnus of Batch of ‘93, took this project further and rooms in more old hostels were completed.