In a bid to make allotment of hostel rooms transparent, the Panjab University (PU) authorities would now upload the waiting list online.
The decision was taken in a meeting between Dean Students Welfare (DSW) and representatives of student bodies on Thursday. Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) had also been demanding it.
Earlier, waiting list for hostels used to be exhausted either on first-cum-first basis, or through recommendation. “The students’ leaders used to pressurise hostel authorities to provide accommodation to specific students to gain vote-support for themselves. It was creating a difficult situation,” said DSW professor Navdeep Goyal. Now, the waiting list of candidates will be put online. A student will get to know his position on the list.
There are a number of courses in the university and every course will have its waiting list category wise. The students who are willing to get hostels have to get themselves recommended by respective departments by August 14. They will further recommend the students based on marks in the last class. The list will then be sent to DSW for putting it online.
“This system would ensure that the student who is first on the waiting list is chosen,” said Goyal.
At present, there are 18 hostels on the campus, eight for boys and nine for girls, and one working women’s hostel, accommodating more than 6,000 students, but the applications received for hostel accommodation are always much higher than the number of rooms available, leaving a large number of students disappointed.
The DSW told students not to deface buildings on the campus and those found guilty will be punished under the defacement Act. There is also ban on distribution of pamphlets. Earlier, a ban on car rallies had been imposed. Special places have been earmarked for pasting posters and putting banners.
Students have been warned of strict action if they indulge in violence. The authorities have imposed a ban on all types of weapons, including licensed. The authorities will check movement of outsiders on the campus and student leaders have been advised not to involve outsiders in the university affairs.
Student unions against vehicle-free zones
Some student leaders are against earmarking of vehiclefree zones and barricading outside girls’ hostels. It has been decided that no vehicle will be allowed from Arts Block-I to Arts Block VI and Pharmacy department to Music department from 10 pm to 5 am. Also, no vehicle will be allowed between 7 pm and 9:30 pm in front of girls’ hostel s (3 to 7). “Some students are objecting to these measures. We have asked them to give in writing. As of now, the restrictions stay,” said prof Nandita Singh, DSW (Women).