Barkatullah University's girl students from Kashmir and other states alleged that they were compelled to vacate the hostel on the occasion of Diwali festival by matron and university administration in contravention to rules.
Ten such students are now putting up in hotels and a couple of them with their friends in their houses. The students forcibly asked to vacate their rooms for Diwali festival said they had not been told in advance that hostels would be closed for Diwali.
A girl student, on the condition of anonymity, said, "I don’t burst crackers and celebrate Diwali and at the time of admission, it was nowhere mentioned that hostels would remain closed during Diwali holidays. On October 21, we were suddenly asked to leave the hostel, compelling us to live in hotels and friends’ homes."
"The BU administration had announced that girls would celebrate Diwali in the hostel as Nivedita hostel, which is one of the two girls’ hostels in BU, would remain open on Diwali. But suddenly on October 21, we were asked to leave the hostel. The step is not only ethically wrong, but it is also a kind of cheating with us," said another student from Kashmir.
Not only Kashmiri students, students from other states including Uttar Pradesh also faced trouble due to closing of the hostel for four days. A girl student from Uttar Pradesh said, "This is highhandedness of BU administration. If they want to celebrate Diwali, it doesn’t mean students should also celebrate. Boys hostels are open; then why did they close both the girls’ hostels?"
ABVP’s (Bhopal hostels) leader Vishnu Kushwaha said, "This kind of misconduct of the administration wouldn’t be tolerated. ABVP would lodge a complaint in this regard to the chief minister so that action was taken against the responsible persons."
BU public relation officer Vinod Singh said, "There is no rule of closing of hostels on Diwali, but hostels are closed for renovation and maintenance once in a year and since most of the girls were off to their homes for Diwali, girls’ hostels have been closed for necessary maintenance work."