After its hostel got a bill of a whopping Rs 15 lakh for electricity usage over the past ten months, the Panjab University hostel is mulling charging students.
A PU official said that hostel number 2 (meant for girls) consumed the electricity worth Rs 15 lakh between July 2013 and May 2014, Rs 4 lakh more than the hostel collected from its residents as electricity charges for said period.
The university is now considering charging the hostel’s 400 residents Rs 700 each to pay the amount.
The official said that according to the university rules, it would be within its rights to charge students if the bill exceeded the amount charged earlier.
Dean Student Welfare , Navdeep Goyal, when contacted said that he was unaware of the issue. “We will look into it and try and reduce the burden on students as much as we can,” he said. On the other hand, students have opposed the move, claiming that it was wrong on the part of university to charge the amount.
“Do they reimburse us when the bill is lower than the hostel estimated We will not pay. We will launch an agitation if the university forces us to pay,” said Student Federation of India campus president Prabhpreet Singh.