Urdu University substandard cafeteria
Islamabad, Marach 01, 2008: Students of Federal Urdu
University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Islamabad Campus, have
complained that FUUAST cafeteria contractor was charging very high and providing
substandard food items due to inaction of the university
Students said despite
several complaints the administration was reluctant to take any action against
the contractor. The students said they were helpless as no official of the
university was ready to redress their complaints.
They said a number of
times they had approached the administration and tried to draw their attention
towards it but every time the administration made lame excuses and took no
action to improve the situation.
The students said dirty tables and
crockery and flies were a regular feature of the cafeteria but the contractor
was satisfied with his services and unwilling to improve the
Many of our fellows are suffering from stomach related diseases
due to substandard and unhygienic food items, said students.
They said a
cup of tea was available at the cafeteria at Rs 6, samosa at Rs 5, chicken
biryani plate at Rs 50 and egg burger at Rs 25.
The students said only a
few food items were available at cafeteria and the students had to visit the
The cafeteria also lacks furniture, as there are only
two-dozen chairs, most of them damaged, for about 2,500 students, they
complained. If only one-fifth of total students visit the cafeteria the
situation becomes pathetic, they added.
Moreover, two rooms specified for
cafeteria are not enough to accommodate more than 30 students, said the
students, adding, whenever we visit the cafeteria we have to keep standing for a
chair for long. The students said they were being exploited since long but the
relevant quarters were least bothered to resolve their problem.
committee: FUUAST Administration Officer Iqbal Joya said that an
inquiry committee against the cafeteria contractor would soon be constituted to
redress the complaint of students about substandard food and high
"The inquiry committee would look into the matter and forward its
report to vice chancellor (VC) for an appropriate action," he added. Daily Times