Residents of DU Women’s hostel protest against order to vacate rooms

New Delhi: Residents of Delhi University’s Rajiv Gandhi Hostel for Girls protested Thursday, September 8 against the hostel administration’s new directive to vacate the premises immediately – a move expected to affect more than 200 students from the class of 2020-21.

Over the past few weeks, students who were residing in the hostel as “guest residents” received several notices from the administration to vacate the premises, so that this year’s class of students could be accommodated in the hostel. hostel.

The demonstration against the new directive on September 8 took place at the Chhatra Marg of the North Campus.

The women’s hostel is for masters and research students. The total staff of the hostel is 300, of which more than 250 students are admitted as guests. The remaining seats are left vacant.

In February, after Delhi University resumed offline classes, these female students sought accommodation at the Rajiv Gandhi Hostel for Girls. However, they were housed in the hostel as “guest residents”, despite going through a rigorous merit-based admissions process.

Talk to Thread, Kajal, a resident of the hostel, said, “We students of Rajiv Gandhi Girls Hostel, University of Delhi have gathered here to protest against the provost and the manager. The background behind this commotion is that in the academic session of 2020-21, there had been forced admission on a guest basis in the hostel without any prior discussion with the bona fide students of Delhi University . As a student who was admitted through a rigorous process and on the basis of merit, we should have been admitted into the hostel regularly.”

Residents of Rajiv Gandhi Girls hostel, University of Delhi protest against new directive issued by hostel administration to vacate the premises immediately. Photo: Shafia Shaan

Their application for permanent housing is now being denied as the university claims it needs to accommodate “regular residents” for the new academic year.

The residents alleged that upon admission, the university asked them to sign a document stating that authorities could ask them to leave the premises at any time. “Many [of us] signed up because rents across PGs have skyrocketed. We needed accommodation, we had no choice but to sign the agreement.

The students said the hostel administration sent them a notice on August 22 to leave the hostel within a week of the final semester exam. The notice stated that if they failed to do so, disciplinary action would be taken and they would be fined.

On August 31, another notice was published which mentioned that students who did not vacate the rooms would be charged a rent of Rs 300 per day.

Another hostel resident, who wished not to be named, said Thread“It’s not like we woke up one day and came here to protest. We first presented our demands to the authorities and the administration of the Rajiv Gandhi Girls Hostel, but the provost did not taking into account our requests, they [the authorities] marked the names of students who raised their issues to intimidate them.

The resident added, “During the meetings, the authorities did not behave in a civilized manner. Additionally, when blind applicants presented their issues, authorities said there would be no special order for them. In a way, it is also a repercussion of the new education policy.

An arbitrary fee hike has been imposed on students, and given the diversity of the hostel, it is not possible for everyone to pay the fee, another hostel resident said.

“In the name of being a self-funded hostel, this type of policy measure is pushed forward and student grievances are ignored. If the students follow the new fee structure, they will be allowed to stay, otherwise they will be forced to leave,” Krantikari Yuva Sangathan’s Nalini said. Thread.

Students said that despite being a publicly funded university, the university’s changing fee structures have led to the exclusion of many.

Thread contacted the inn’s provost, Poonam Silotia, who declined to comment on the matter.

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