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DU?Hostels Still Shut: Accommodation a Concern for Students

With admissions to various UG courses at DU starting on Monday, principals believe that the closure of hostels may prove a hurdle for students seeking admissions and may affect the admission numbers this year.

With the admission process already in momentum, principals believe that the closure of hostels may prove a hurdle for students seeking admissions and may have affected the number of people who took admissions this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is currently conducting online classes and its hostels are shut and the fresher’s have already begun their classes online, with various orientations.

Since hostels are still closed, we are expecting a lower number of outstation admissions than last year as families may not be keen on girl students coming to Delhi during a pandemic and opting for other accommodations. Besides, travelling during a pandemic will also be difficult. We can open hostels only when there are orders (from the government), and when offline classes are permitted.

– Babli Moitra Saraf, Principal of Indraprastha College for Women, which claims to accommodate around 450 students at its hostel

Many applicants, especially female students, have expressed their concerns regarding their reliance on college hostel facilities due to their affordability and also for reasons of safety. Even though online classes are going on, many students don’t have those IT tools at their houses, hence they’re depending on colleges to reopen for normalcy. 

 I have applied there as I was eligible for the course under the first cutoff. I would prefer to wait for subsequent cutoffs and switch to a college that has a hostel for girls. Accommodation is an important factor. My parents are more inclined towards opting for a college hostel than other options such as a paying guest (PG) accommodation or a private hostel since the latter two are generally more expensive.

Neelima, KMC, Delhi University.

The sky-rocketing cut offs this year have also caused a setback to students wishing to opt for on-campus studies. 

Since most colleges that offer hostel facilities are on the North Campus, many of my friends have not been able to apply to these colleges as their cut offs have remained high. They are opting for South Campus colleges and that leaves them with no choice but to go in for PGs or local hostels.

Neelima.

Of the 3,67,895 applicants this year, nearly 60% are from outside Delhi. 

The lack of hostel facilities will definitely be a concern to students. Our hostels are reasonably priced and safe and that has encouraged more outstation students to apply especially from remote areas. While we have no plans to reopen hostels currently, we will take a call once the university reopens.

– Anju Shrivastava, Principal of Hindu College 

While LSR college earlier told HT that it plans to admit only first-year students this year to its hostels and reduce the number of residents per room, but now with the recent developments, the first years have told to vacate the hostels with a relaxed deadline. Several DU colleges including Miranda House, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for women, and Ramjas College said they are waiting for university directives on the matter.

Due to the pandemic, parents generally don’t want their children to travel to far-off places for the next six months to a year at least. Unavailability of hostels will also be a decisive factor. However, we haven’t observed any noticeable change in the admission of outstation admissions so far and a clearer picture will only emerge once the last cut offs release.

– Manoj Khanna, Principal of Ramjas College.

We are not taking admissions for hostels till offline classes resume. We are accepting requests for hostel seats from students. But no allotments will be made until offline classes resume.

– Rama Sharma, Principal of Hansraj College

With the online classes going on, the freshers will have to play the game of wait and watch. Prospective hostelers who are hoping for physical classes to resume on campus, the colleges also need to make sure that the hygienic standards are maintained, and the pandemic is dealt with, at priority. 

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