The debate on 10% hike in hostel charges saw some acrimonious debate in Sunday’s meet, with senators questioning the functioning of Panjab University’s hostels.
Opposing the university’s move, senator Varinder Singh Gill argued that the PU hostels were kept in conditions.
“Often, students are imposed hefty fines for small violations,” he said, demanding a proper audit of the hostels. He also questioned the selection process for wardens.
Criticising the proposal, another senator, Raghubir Dayal, said had not been framed properly, with the university leaving out important details such as the existing fee structure and difference between the current and proposed fees.
During the debate senator Yograj Angrish and Raghubir Dayal got into a spat, after the latter tried to interrupt Angrish while he was refuting charges of high handedness levelled against hostel wardens and the poor facilities provided at the hostels.
In reply to various senators, dean, student welfare Navdeep Goyal justified the hike in hostel fees saying that the proposed fee structure was not new and was even mooted last year, but could not be implemented in the middle of the academic session.
He said that PU has not increased its hostel fees since the past seven years despite a manifold increase in various components of the fee structure, such as electricity charges.
When no consensus could be reached, vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover put the proposal to vote, after which it was passed with a majority.