With the beginning of this academic session in Delhi University many students migrated to their respective college hostels. However, most of them did not seem to be satisfied with the living conditions there. Though the session began on 21st July, most of the hostels did not provide accommodation until a week later. This resulted in disrupting the routine of the students.
The major issues are related to food and hygiene, as told by some resident students. “Our rooms get too hot during summers and we get paneer six times a week. Also, the Wi-Fi does not work properly”, said Shridhar Singh, a second year student of Hansraj College. Students have to adjust in their rooms without ACs, coolers or even properly put fans. “There are no coolers in our rooms and we are not even allowed to put up our own”, said Shivani Pandey of St. Stephen’s College. The limited number of seats and lack of adequate facilities makes it difficult for the students to adjust in a place away from home. The conditions get worse when the college authorities also refuse to co-operate.
“There is a computer room in our hostel with printing facility but the printer is usually out of order and the mess is also very unhygienic which degrades the quality of food”, said Shubham Upadhyay, a third year student from Hindu College. The unavoidable hostel politics often becomes an issue for the students, especially freshers. They are forced to join one or the other political groups even if they wish to stay away from it.
Many of the college hostels are also found to face everyday sanitation problems leading to an unhygienic environment for students. Students say that they separately pay for the cleaning of their rooms even though it’s already included in their fee. Also, most of the boys’ hostels in the University do not keep a proper check on the students.
After crossing the obstacles of high cut-offs and interviews, waiting for days to get admission and paying a sufficient amount of fee, students are still not given adequate facilities. The number of seats in the already existing college hostels is limited and the question of accommodation for girls in colleges like Hansraj, CVS, Hindu, Gargi and Kamla Nehru is still out of sight.
Illustration by Mehr Gill for DU Beat