Students spend a maximum amount of time in college and while most of these students do not carry lunch or tiffin boxes, they prefer eating in the college canteen. Travelling woes and timings make life difficult when it comes to keeping hunger pangs away. While there is always the debate of whether canteen food is healthy, reasonable or hygienic, students have limited choice when on campus. NT KURIOCITY finds out the pulse of students about their college canteens
Our college canteen provides us with most of the food items and we get it at a reasonable rate than hotels and restaurant. Also, this year they have added some more dishes. All food served in the canteen is very healthy and hygienic. We do not have rules and regulations as such but we have to follow methods to dispose garbage correctly.
Ritika Pawar, Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim
We have snacks and lunch as well. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available, and we also have nice seating arrangement. Being a vegetarian, I do wish there were more vegetarian food options, especially for lunch. But yes, otherwise it’s healthy and yummy too. Prices usually are reasonable; howsoever sometimes lunch does feel a bit overpriced. I suggest the food be served hot most of the time.
Vidhi Jain, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa
Our canteen is spacious with good seating and staff. The food offered is very delicious and healthy. They provide us with different juices which are fresh, tasty and hygienic as well. But I don’t think the food items are sold at reasonable rates as the same items are sold for little lesser price in other college canteens. The canteen should have a menu with prices as there are different food items every day with different prices, and it is time consuming while placing an order.
Prajot Malvankar, Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies, Mapusa
I think a college canteen should have a nice fun setting attached to it to distinguish it from the not so interesting classrooms. Of course, the vada paos and samosas are not that healthy, but are tasty. We also have a variety of other healthier food items. The prices are kept as reasonable as it gets. The college does a great deal to contract with the right people and I think a fair job has been done with regards to our canteen.
Sidney Cardoso, VM Salgaocar College of Law, Panaji
We have good canteen facilities. The food is good. Certain food items are at a reasonable price. The surrounding is clean. There is a proper place to sit and have the food. Some of the food items are healthy and some are not. There are no rules and regulations. But I think it would be really nice if we had more options, reduced rates of some food items and maybe another canteen.
Sanriel D’Souza, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem
We have a wide range of canteen facilities. For instance, we have Monginis, the bakery and cake shop; Cafe Coffee Day (Express); two eateries for juices, milkshakes, rolls and other snacks; another institute run cafeteria for meals; Gajalaxmi is a very famous joint for egg-based dishes and Red Chillies restaurant. An exorbitant variety of food items are available. You can see from the list above, there are outlets for everything. From cakes, pastries, and puffs to classic cappuccino coffee; from Oreo milkshake and burgers to egg/chicken rolls. Everything is available. We have availability of full meals, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, north Indian as well as south Indian. And I feel prices are reasonable for most items though sometimes one feels that prices could’ve been lower for this or that.
Abhinav Gupta, BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus
I study in Goa Medical College, Bambolim and being a hospital, there is no shortage of canteens, though at the expense of quality so much so that two weeks back FDA inspected the college/hospital canteens and shut down all four of them because of hygiene reasons. If you ask me about variety, we sometimes might be lucky to find a cockroach or a fly in the food! Prices are reasonable for canteen standards. There’s separate dining areas for doctors and the public, with the doctors area being much cleaner and better than the rest. I feel the FDA should do regular inspections (at least twice a year) unbiased! Also I don’t think that people will mind paying a slightly higher price for a good meal.
Yash Verenkar, Goa Medical College, Panaji
The food items range from samosas to pav bhajis. The food is unhealthy because it is probably fried in the same oil that’s been used for days; the condition in which the canteen operates is very unhygienic. The prices are reasonable so all students can afford it. And I think they should change those in charge of the canteen, renovate the place and have a new menu and people who make an effort to actually keep the canteen clean.
Zahuda Khan, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Panaji
The seating arrangement in the canteen is limited. The space is too small to accommodate more than 50 students at a time. Added to this we get a limited number of items in the canteen. The nutritional value is average. Sometimes we encounter stray dogs in the canteen. The plus point is even though we get a limited number of items we get it at a reasonable price.
Shivani Pednekar, Shree Rayeshwar institute of Engineering & Information Technology, Shiroda
We have a large canteen along with a cafeteria on campus. The canteen is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’s a large seating area which can accommodate half the students and it is clean and hygienic. The college canteen provides a wide variety of food items. There is breakfast and lunch and there is option between vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The food served is healthy. Most items served are tasty excluding some. The items sold are at a reasonable price which the students can afford.
I think they need to work on the service and quality of the food served.
Sumukh D’Souza, Fr Agnel Polytechnic, Verna