A total of 125 workers are employed for the whole University Campus. They work in two shifts of 8 hours. The first shift starts from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m., and the second from 2pm till 10pm. They take care of all 80 flats on campus, the grounds, the staircases and corridors. Apart from the cleaning work, they are also made to help around with students’ luggage, loading and unloading furniture across campus, running personal errands for the managers etc.
Shyam (name changed), a foreign language BA student from Delhi University, pays for his own education by working as a security guard in one of the PG hostels for men in the same university. His father irons clothes to sustain his family and his mother does housework. As a security guard, Shyam gets minimum wage of 245 per day, coming to a total of around Rs. 6000 a month. His shifts are usually 8 hours, but at times he has to stay for 16- or 32-hour shifts also. Due to the demanding nature of his work, from time to time he finds it hard to attend his classes regularly. As a result he failed one year.
J मुंबई के एक खाते–पीते घराने से है। वह अपनी अंग्रेजी साहित्य में बी.ए की पढ़ाई मुंबई के ही के–सी कॉलेज से करने के बाद, इंग्लैंड के लीड्स विश्वविद्यालय में अंग्रेजी साहित्य में ही एम–ए करने चली गई।
K बैंगलोर के एक पढ़े–लिखे मध्यम–वर्गीय परिवार से है। वह लीड्स में अंग्रेजी साहित्य में बी–ए की पढ़ाई करने गई और एम–ए के लिए वहीं पर रुक गई; वह और J एक ही क्लास में थीं।
J is from a well-off family in Bombay. After finishing her English Literature BA at KC College in Bombay, she went to the University of Leeds to do her MA in the same.
K is from a well-educated middle-class family in Bangalore. She went to Leeds for a BA in Eng Lit and stayed to do an MA in the same batch as J.
The following are reports from Ambedkar University, Delhi, collected in response to the ever-increasing fee structure of the university. The present fee structure for this year is Rs. 20,500 and is projected to go up by 5% each year. These reports show how students cope (or don’t) in the university system. The names of the students have been changed.
She is enrolled in the MA History programme, IInd year and gets a fee waiver of Rs. 6000 from the Student’s Welfare Fund. She teaches tuitions everyday from five in the evening and reaches home only at ten at night. Tired and exhausted, she has dinner, watches TV for a while, checks her facebook page, checks her mail and then sleeps. Obviously, she isn’t able to prepare adequately for lectures or assignments and has had a hard time to keep up with class-work.