What better way to reward your institute women faculty member than build a crèche in the campus.As a women's day cheer, The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has set up a crèche within its campus premise in order to facilitate the women faculty members. Now, women faculty can ensure that their kids are being looked after even when they are busy teaching and researching with students.
"In 2013, when our current director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti joined office, he had a meeting with all the female faculty members. It was there that this idea of having a crèche was mooted," Chairperson of the crèche management committee Sanghamitra Basu said in a statement.
"The final proposal was submitted in 2015 and it took almost a year to make preparations to start the crèche day care center. Finally, now we have the facility up and running," said Basu, who is also faculty member of Architecture and Regional Planning department.
To make the crèche inside the campus, the bungalow inside the campus has been remodeled and renovated into crèche. Mongrace Montessori House from Kolkata is in charge of taking care of the children aged between six months and 10 years.
The crèche is fully air-conditioned and is equipped with all the necessary facilities and equipments a play area, toys, cots, activity area and the facility even have its personal computer lab. Currently the facility is taking care of 53 children. It starts operating at 7:30 am in the morning and remains opened for 12 hours.
"We have ensured that the facility has the recommended teacher-student and teacher-caregiver ratio. And the fee too is competitive ranging between Rs 1,200 and Rs 3,200 per month apart from one-time charges," Basu added.