Bazinga: DU to grant air travel allowance to outstation students

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In a most welcome move, the Students’ Welfare Department of the University of Delhi has decided to grant air travel allowance to outstation students living more than 300 km away from Delhi. The cherry on the deal being that they are willing to grant allowances for as many as four round trips to home and back in one academic year, starting this winter vacation!

The procedure for this is simple, all one needs to do is procure the ‘allowance form’ from individual colleges’ Students’ Welfare Offices as soon as the dates for the holidays are announced, fill it up and attach a receipt of the flight ticket and an address proof. The student shall then receive a full reimbursement of the amount within the next five days, either in cash or through a DD.

The form makes students agree to certain ground rules as well- the address proof is tallied with the ticket so as to avoid cases wherein students may take undue advantage and fly to vacation spots like Goa. Another rule is that only economy class tickets will be paid for and if the student wished to upgrade the ticket to a business class seat, the balance will not be paid for by the University.

This formula works well with most outstation students but some are still left in the lurch, those whose hometowns fall within the 300 km radius (towns with airports like Agra and Jaipur) and those who fly international. For the former category, the Office has argued that the students will not be saving any time since airport travel requires early check-in and other formalities which amount to the travel time taken by road or rail. For students traveling abroad, the university is planning to give up to two round-trip grants a year.

For those of us who have already booked out tickets (or are home already), keep the ticket receipts safe and produce them to your Students’ Welfare Office as soon as the vacation finishes.

“This is a wonderful step taken by DU, I have been spending an insane amount on my tickets home and especially so with sudden changes in the exam schedule like the one which happened due to the Delhi elections last year. I don’t have to be on tenterhooks to grab the earliest discounts and special offers anymore. This is great!”, a final year undergraduate student said.

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Mridul Sharma is a final year B.Com (Honors) aspirant from DCAC, a patron of meaningful cinema and good soft music and has deep love for writing. He is more of a poet, feels whatever he writes and writes to understand what he feels, a little better. Currently, the Associate Web Editor at DU Beat, he is looking forward to his final year and can be contacted at [email protected]

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