ICPC Kolkata takes Rs3500/- as fees but is providing super terrible accomodation and food. They provided bare minimum food, hardly gave a fuck about the participants’ needs. First of all, they are keeping all teams in a classroom with mattress on floor in such cold times. Other regionals like KGP and Gwalior at least gives each team a single room. The rooms are filled with mosquitoes the entire night and above all has only a single plug point in one end of the room. Don’t get me started on the bathrooms. They have literally the worst kind of bathrooms. Imagine western toilets with no jets or tissue! No alternative of Indian toilets. How is one supposed to washup. Also no proper bathrooms to shower or take bath. Such is the conditions of the accomodation of the most “prestigious” coding event in the country. Many participants had to hold their excreta for two days due to such pathetic washroom conditions.
Now lets start on the food. The so called contest dinner is much much worse than the normal lunch and dinner for other regionals. The other lunches and dinners were so third grade that most teams didn’t eat. Imagine getting only biscuits for breakfast. The lunch after the contest was a packet lunch with only sandwich and a cake. The director said at 3 o clock after the contest you wouldn’t be hungry so we are are providing only this. Such logic! Like after breakfast at 8 and a five hour contest one wouldn’t be hungry!
I wonder how these sites get approved to host the regionals. There should be a bare minimum criteria of accomodation conditions to be able to host the regionals apart from computers. Also there shouldn’t be such contrast in living and fooding levels across the regionals. Only sites that are able to provide above a threshold of living conditions should be allowed. After all and event “sponsored by Codechef” and a qualifier to World Finals should have some standard and not treat participants as lower class students. I really hope transperancy is brought upon selection criteria of regional sites and the fees for them and from next time GNIT, Kolkata shouldn’t have the oppurtunity to host the regionals.