In the midst of Covid-19 pandemic that the world has been facing a severe problems and troubles, it is indeed a great privilege and honour for me to give a report of the Hostel and Mess Committee, and its concern for the academic year 2020-2021.
I, on behalf of the Hostel and Mess committee, would like to congratulate the Magazine Committee for successfully bringing out the Shekina Annual Magazine 2020-2021, “EBENEZER” Vol. XIX.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed a lot of life at AICS. The hostel was reopened on March 3, 2021 (Wednesday) for first year and final year students both B.D. and M.Div. and all the M.Th. students only. Later, the hostel was reopened for Second year and third year on April 9, 2021 (Friday).
The Hostel and Mess committee is established for the well and proper functioning of the hostel administration, and for the well maintenance of the hostel mess. Followings are the details of Hostel and Mess Committee which includes duties and responsibilities of the committee.
Persons in charge of the Hostel for the Academic Year 2020-2021
Warden of Men’s Hostel : Rev. H. Ramthianghlima
Warden of Women’s Hostel : Ms. Lalremruati Rokhum
Hostel Secretary : Mr. C. Lalropuia, B.D. Final Year
Asst. Hostel Secretary (Women’s) : Ms. LalhlimpuiiChinzah, B.D.Final Year
Asst. Hostel Secretary (Men’s) : Mr. Vanlalbiakhluna, B.D. Third Year
1. Strength of the Hostellers
The two Hostel buildings have separated hostel buildings for both men and women.The strength of the hostellers are 117; 92 men and 25 women in which Diploma in Mission Studies, Master of Theology, Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity are consisted. Besides these students, one of the M.Th. students reside in the quarters. Unlike the other years, three of the Diploma in Mission Studies students stayed only three days in the hostel and left the hostel with the knowledge of Principal due to some inconveniences.
The followings are the strength of the students based on the courses/classes that they are doing:
Master of Theology II – 9 Master of Theology I
Bachelor of Divinity IV – 20 Master of Divinity III – 7
Bachelor of Divinity III – 25 Master of Divinity II – 10
Bachelor of Divinity II -18 Master of Divinity I – 5
Bachelor of Divinity I – 22 Diploma in Mission Studies – 6
2. MESS COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The Mess Committee consists of the two Hostel Wardens, Hostel secretaries, Secretary of Student’s Welfare Committee (SWC) and one representative from each batch from Bachelor of Divinity,including Diploma in Mission Studies, and one representative from Master of Divinity.
As we entered the college lately than the other years, due to Covid 19 pandemic, the two hostel wardens and threesecretaries decided not to appoint committee members, on the meeting of April 13, 2021 (Tuesday).
Then, the following membersconsist the Hostel and Mess Committee:
Warden of Men’s Hostel : Rev. H. Ramthianghlima
Warden of Women’s Hostel : Ms.LalremruatiRokhum
Hostel Secretary : Mr. C. Lalropuia,B.D. Final Year
Asst. Hostel Secy. (Women’s) :Ms.LalhlimpuiiChinzah, B.D. Final Year
Asst. Hostel Secy. (Men’s) : Vanlalbiakhluna, B.D. Third Year
Secretary SWC : Mr.J. Lalrinawma, B.D. Final Year
3. MESS MATTERS
Concerning Mess matters, the Hostel and Mess Committee is responsible for deciding the menu, evaluating the mess audit reports and overall maintenance of the kitchen and dining hall. The mess committee is summoned whenever necessary. The Hostel Secretary is responsible for appointing mess managers and auditors. Mess managers are appointed from the students; the mess management committee consist of Leader, Secretary, Treasurer and six members. The duration of one mess management is usually half a month (15 Days). However, on the meeting of April 13, 2021 (Tuesday), the Committee resolved to change the mess management committee which would be possible to initiative from this time and for future. The new resolved mess management committee consists of leader from final year, treasurer from third year, and members from second and first year.
Mess managers are responsible for keeping the storeroom of the dining hall. The mess managers are also responsible for providing the best they can with whatever is sanctioned from the Principal’s office. Their management accounts are recorded and scrutinized by the mess committee. On the last day of each mess management, the managers are evaluated by using the ballot voting system to select the best mess managers for the academic year and prizes were being made for these awards. But, the evaluating votes could not be casted due to Covid-19 pandemic. Further, servers are appointed by the Hostel Secretaries on daily basis and noon time meals are served by the mess managers.
Maintaining Cleanliness is one of the most important AICS ways of life. To ensure cleanliness of the Hostels, students of each floor are appointed on a daily basis. The floors, toilets, corridors, urinal basin, wash basin and bathroom are cleansed every morning. Each student is also expected to keep cleanliness on their own room with need and tidy.
5. WATER MANAGEMENT
As water is highly demanded, and is therefore carefully managed. Almost throughout the year water has been pump up from Tuithum river except on dry season. With the assistance of Assistant Hostel Secretary (Men’s), two students are appointed for the duration of four days each to help in water management. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the water in-charge are also appointed from the final year. The time was scheduled between 5:00-6:00 AM and 4:00 -5:30 PM for maintaining water reservation. Twice in a week have been set aside for washing days in both men’s and women’s hostel.
All students are expected to rise at 5:00 AM, in summer and at 5:30 AM, in winter. First year students are usually appointed to ring the rising bell based on the seasonal rising time. The Hostel secretaries are responsible and accountable in maintaining discipline in the dining hall and in the hostel buildings. Speaking in English, wearing descent dress in the dining hall and maintaining behaviour with everyone are obligatory and emphasized.
Beside these, the committee also resolves certain agendum so as to maintain the Hostel and Mess for the welfare and development of the students in various spheres of life.
7. WORDS OF GRATITUDE
Though the world has been facing a lot of troubles because of Covid-19 pandemic, the joy in me compelled to give thanks to the LORD throughout my studies here in AICS. I thank that the provision and guidance has rendered me with an uncountable blessings upon me.
I would like to give thanks to our wardens, Rev. H. Ramthianghlima and Ms. Lalremruati Rokhum who are always active and caring to the students for maintaining the hostel environment in peace, security and harmonious relationship.
My running overflow of thankfulness is rendered to the Principal, Rev. Dr. Vanlalchhawna Khiangte for his generous support and concern, and for buying two big burners for mess purpose. It is indeed to add my joy to the Faculty Council of AICS for their concern, support and entrusting this responsibility with all knowing my limited knowledge and capabilities.
At the same time, my heartfelt gratitude is given to the Vanlalbiakhluna, Lalhlimpuii Chinzah, and J. Lalrinawma who willingly assisted me in times of any circumstances that occurred during this academic year. I would also give my unceasing joy to student friends for tireless contribution to shine the AICS community.
At last but not the least, I wish the BEST for AICS to bring the LORD’s GLORY to the entire nation.
May The Blessed LORD Bless AICS all the day long. Thank You.