HC Seeks Varsity Reply on Inadequate Hostels for DU Students

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Delhi University has been asked by the Delhi High Court to respond on a plea filed by Praveen Kumar, a DU alumni and co-ordinator of the Right to Accommodation Movement on Monday, against the inadequate availability of hostels, and the absence of a standardised renting system around the North and South campuses.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the counsel for the University to take instructions with regard to the issues raised in the petition, posting the matter for July 18.

The petition has also sought directions to the Delhi government and the Centre to “declare the area in and around the five kilometer radius of Delhi University “south Campus and North campus” as a special students zone where a minimum rent is fixed for the accommodation for the students”.

As per the University of Delhi Act 1922, all the regular students shall be provided with residences, however 86% students of the University have been left at the mercy of landlords and property dealers who exploit the students, including women scholars. The major reason for the excessive rents in PGs and other structures around the University campus and colleges is the absence of any standards or guidelines.

As per 2015 data, total number of students enrolled were 1,84,668, and the capacity of the hostels were just 7,339.

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