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Colleges across Delhi University have increased their hostel fees, SRCC being one of them. While most of the students believe the hike in fees is for improvement of facilities that the college has to offer, the truth is far from it.

Many hostellers, who do not want to be named, have said that facilities in the hostel have only deteriorated since the fee hike. The quality of food in the mess or basic facilities like toilets, lighting and furniture has only worsened. Many CA students who get late returning to the hostel due to additional training have requested that their roommates be allowed to save some Mess food for them but were refused permission. They are forced to eat out and yet pay the Mess fees.

While most students believe the fee hike is for improving facilities, no one really knows the exact reason for it. It is widely rumored that the hostels will get renovated for the Commonwealth Games, but no work is underway yet, and no information is available regarding the same. The only thing told to a few students was that the hostel may be temporarily shifted during the games.

The Girls Hostel Common Room has also been an issue for a very long time. Due to renovations in the main college building, the Administrative office was shifted in the Girl’s Common Room. While the office has shifted back, the Girls Common Room has now turned into the temporary Computer block, depriving the girls of the common room. This was a hot issue during the College Union Elections, but seems to have died down since.

The hostel has recently been gripped by a series of expulsions, creating a huge chasm between students and the faculty, specially since one of the faculty members even suggested that with 70% of the college students being girls, the boys hostels should be converted to a girl’s one.

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