DU Admissions: No Hostel, DU Freshers Seek Own Room

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With the Delhi University (DU) colleges about to conclude their second leg of admissions in undergraduate courses, many outstation students are finding themselves in a fix. There aren’t enough hostels in the campuses and several students from outside have been left with no choice but to stay in expensive Paying Guest (PG) accommodations.

“I have taken admission in Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College. It doesn’t have its own hostel facility, so, I was looking for a PG accommodation nearby. The PG owners are demanding nearly Rs 3 lakh a year,” Nisha Singh, a student from Jaipur, said.

Echoing the sentiment, Priya Sharma from Uttarakhand said: “I have scored 94 per cent in board exams and have taken admission in BCom (Pass) in a college of my choice, but I never thought that living here would be so expensive. Even if I pay the PG owner whatever rent he is asking for, I will still feel unsafe living here. It’s neither safe nor affordable to live here.”

Parents of students, especially girls, are a worried lot as well. “Even after paying such huge amounts, our children won’t be getting basic facilities. Whatever amount they are asking for is exclusive of electricity charges, food, and water. So, basically, they want us to pay Rs 3 lakh a year for a small room without any amenities,” said Mahesh, a parent.

According to the university’s official website, only 14 of its 64 colleges provide hostel accommodation to students even as Section 33 of the Delhi University Act clearly states that the varsity has to provide hostel facility to each and every student.

Last year, students had launched a campaign titled ‘A room of my own’, and had gone on a hunger strike but no concrete steps were taken by the authorities.

Not Abiding The Rule

  • According to the University’s official website, only 14 of its 64 colleges provide hostel accommodation to students even as Section 33 of the Delhi University Act clearly states that the varsity has to provide hostel facility to each and every student.
  • Last year, students had launched a campaign titled ‘A room of my own’, and had gone on a hunger strike but no concrete steps were taken by the authorities.

Source: DNA India

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