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The Mess Committee consists of 20 elected members who are students residing in the hostel and members of the respective messes. The composition of the committee is as indicated below:

Vegetarian 'A' Mess : 4 members Vegetarian 'B' Mess : 4 members Vegetarian 'C' Mess : 4 members Vegetarian 'D' Mess : 4 members Non-Vegetarian 'B' Mess : 2 members Non-Vegetarian 'C' Mess : 2 members

  • Each of the messes will form a constituency for electing its representatives. However, in the composite messes 'B and 'C', the non-vegetarian members are also eligible to cast their votes for electing the representatives for the vegetarian side (as the vegetarian food is common to both the wings), only non-vegetarian members shall be eligible to cast the vote for electing non-vegetarian representatives. In addition, the Chairman, Council of Wardens or his nominee will be ex-officio member(s) on the mess committee. The elected members of the mess committee shall elect the President and the Vice-President from amongst themselves. A member elected or nominated for the mess committee for one term or part of the term is not eligible for election or nomination in the next term (i.e. for six months). In case of delay in the formation of a new committee on expiry of the term of one committee, the Chairman, Council of Wardens may request the committee in office to continue for such further period as may be decided upon by him.

  • Day boarders are not eligible to vote in the election of the mess committee.

  • Residents who have not cleared their hostel and mess dues by the prescribed dates are not eligible to contest the election for mess committee or for proposing or for seconding a nomination. The proposer and seconder of a nomination should also be the member of the same mess in which the vacancy has arisen.

  • On the 16th of February and / or the 16th of August the Mess President shall call for nominations indicating the number of vacancies in each mess, the last date of filing and withdrawal, and the date, time and place of election. The elections shall be held in March and September each year.

  • The nomination should be in the prescribed form obtainable from the hostel office and should be filed with office supervisor by 19th February or 19th August respectively.

  • The nomination shall be scrutinized by the mess president and two members of the mess nominated by the Chairman, Council of Wardens. The list of valid nominations should be notified by the mess president on 20th February or 20th August respectively in consultation with the Chairman, Council of Wardens.

  • Nominated members can withdraw their candidature if they so desire before 5.00 P.M. on the 21st February or 21st August. If the remaining number nominated for each of the messes is lesser than or equal to the number of members to be elected, no election will be held and the nominees will be declared elected. If the number is more, the mess president shall hold election by ballot on the 1st March or 1st September respectively. The ballot boxes shall be opened in the presence of Chairman, Council of Wardens or his representative as well as the candidates or their representatives. The declaration of the results by the Chairman, Council of Wardens shall be final.

  • If there are no nominations from any of the constituencies the vacancy shall be filled by the mess president of the incoming mess committee by nomination from among the members of the un-represented constituencies. The member nominated by the mess president will continue till the end of the tenure of the committee.

  • In case any mess committee member resigns, his or her vacancy can be filled up by nominee of the mess president from the same mess. The member thus nominated will stay for the duration of that committee.

  • The mess committee shall meet at least once a month and more often if necessary.

  • The quorum for a meeting of the mess committee shall be 7.

  • A mess committee member will cease to be a member of the committee on failing to attend three successive intimated meetings. A nominee of the mess president can fill up this vacancy.


  • The mess president shall report to the Chairman, Council of Wardens for effective discharge of duties by the mess committee.

  • The mess committee shall determine the menu in the various messes in consultation with the mess supervisor and head cook. The menu of any mess will be determined by its representative i.e. the mess committee members. The mess president will ratify the menu thus drawn.

  • The mess committee will act as an advisory body and report to the Chairman, Council of Wardens about the quality of food and on the general cleanliness in and around the messes. The mess committee will also bring to the notice of the Chairman, Council of Wardens, the quality of service given by the mess staff.

  • A general body meeting shall be convened by the mess president if there is a requisition for such a meeting by more than 150 resident members of the hostel/mess.

  • Quorum for a General Body Meeting shall be 150 members (One hundred fifty).

  • The Director must ratify all changes of rules by the general body, before they become effective in operation.

  • The mess supervisors shall ensure that the mess staff prepares items according to the menu given by the mess committee. Any variation of this should be brought to the notice of the Chairman, Council of Wardens for necessary action.