MUMBAI: The Union human resource development ministry has written to the premier IITs and the IIMs to seek their opinion on setting up separate canteens for vegetarians. The ministry has forwarded around five letters, written in chaste Hindi by a group that has sought such a bifurcation, to the institutes.
Closer home in IIT-Bombay, for instance, non-vegetarian food is already being cooked separately, though it is served in the same mess, said officials. An official added all the letters had demanded separate eating spaces for vegetarian students. Their contention was that a common eating area could make vegetarians uncomfortable.
Students at the Powai campus, though, denied any discomfort and called the demand “not very legitimate”. A student associated with the hostel committee said, “There has never been any such complaint from any hostel. There was a demand from some hostels for a separate eating area in the same mess, and that was provided.”