The Manifestation of an Idea by an Educationist ending up as barracks. A Case of Wrong Priorities. A Tragic Irony. Originally built to accommodate students of DJ Science College, It ended up housing Rangers. It saved it from possible demolition, hence a Tragic Irony. But not without its consequences. The building is enduring a slow painful death now. The structure is in shambles. It maybe gone before our generation ever gets a chance to see it. A fitting tragedy indeed.
The building is off-limits to public. It was part of overall DJ Science College compound. It faces the main DJ science building onto the other side of the road. Rangers barricade and High walls make it inaccessible and unseeable. There are plans to put up a museum in the building. Minister for Interior assured that the Rangers would vacate the building in two months. He did that in a press conference two years back in 2009. No one believed him even in 2009. The windows and doors give the most deserted look. The staircase can fall any moment. The roof is falling apart. It still servers the purpose. But for how long? I would not bet for a long period! The most impressive part in both front and back facade is the detail of windows and the gallery. You can’t help taking loads of pictures of windows frames. Some of them open, some jammed, some broken and some disappearing.
The Mitharam Hostel represents the old prevailing Hostel culture in Karachi. Take a walk towards Aram Bagh and you would find Sevakunj Hostel. If you walk in opposite direction, you would reach Jinnah Courts.These hostels provided shelter to students of Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, DJ Science College and Sindh Muslim Law College.
Sadly most of them have been converted into Rangers or Constabulary barracks announcing an end to the era of hostels in Karachi.