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St Stephen's rues AC diktat as Delhi records hottest April day since 2010

  • St Stephen's rues AC diktat as Delhi records hottest April day since 2010
    Summary: The diktat commands students and staff that be it the classrooms, libraries or internet resource centre (computer centre), ACs must not be used. “It was only after the students complained, the administration said we were told that we could use ACs after April 20. The college principal, John Varghese, however, said the ACs had not been serviced and hence cannot be used for now. As the city is battling the heatwave, students and staff of St Stephen’s complained that the college administration has instructed them not to use ACs. As Delhi witnessed the hottest day in April in the in the last seven years on Tuesday with the mercury crossing the 43-degree Celsius mark in some parts of the city, teachers and students at Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College sweat it out without air conditioners.

    As Delhi witnessed the hottest day in April in the in the last seven years on Tuesday with the mercury crossing the 43-degree Celsius mark in some parts of the city, teachers and students at Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College sweat it out without air conditioners. The Safdarjung observatory, the reading of which is considered the official figure for the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s average. “It is the hottest day in April since 2010 when the maximum temperature had settled at 43.7 degrees Celsius,” Ravinder Vishan, the in-charge at the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC) said. As the city is battling the heatwave, students and staff of St Stephen’s complained that the college administration has instructed them not to use ACs. The diktat commands students and staff that be it the classrooms, libraries or internet resource centre (computer centre), ACs must not be used.

    Teachers alleged that in some rooms the electric switch boards were sealed with tape to ensure that they do not put on the appliances. The college principal, John Varghese, however, said the ACs had not been serviced and hence cannot be used for now. “The air-conditioners cannot be used without maintenance. That is the only reason,” said Varghese, explaining the reason behind the directive. Teachers claimed that the ACs were serviced last month.

    Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/st-stephen-s-rue-ac-diktat-as-delhi-records-hottest-april-day-since-2010/story-gecSIlj3Gt5p2G4OiKoWfN.html


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