The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) today said that it is not “favouring” private guest houses,
Delhi University has 56,000 undergraduate seats, that are 50% occupied by students from other states. Outstation students have to deal with many problems.
Although around 17 colleges offer on-campus hostel facilities and 19 off-campus hostels, it does not suffice to cater to the needs of the students who are in lakhs. The seats in college hostel are also limited that can be earned only on merit basis. Students even after getting seats have reported a problem of security and hygiene in the hostels.
The students who do not make it to hostel lists often stay as paying guests in rented houses and those who can’t even afford PGs, live in cramped and congested houses. It costs them around 1.5-2.0 Lakh annually. These houses provide students with a sharing room that is overcrowded and often, insecure. The food served in these houses is not of the best quality.
Ayush a B.Com (Hons) student from SGTB Khalsa said, “There is no hostel for boys in my college as of now. Therefore, I am living in a paying guest accommodation and paying nearly Rs 1.5 lakh each year for very basic amenities. Lack of hostels is a burning a hole in the pocket for students like us who come from the middle-class background.”
The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) president Rocky Tuseed, who promised for more hostels at the campus before the elections, said that there is no response from the DU administration despite repetitive appeals. Delhi CM was also asked to implement Delhi Room Rent Control Act so that students who don’t live in hostels and stay in and around can get some relief.