For students joining Delhi University (DU), it is not only the admission that they have to worry about. Finding accommodation is equally tough as the university does not have enough hostels to accommodate undergraduate students.
Out of the 63 colleges under DU, only 14 have hostels, and most of these are for women. There is only one undergraduate hostel for women at the Dhaka Hostel Complex near North Campus.
Kalindi College had, last year, announced a 250-bed hostel for students from the Northeast but the facility has not been opened yet.
Additionally, students seeking hostel accommodation are interviewed. After getting through a DU college, students have to fill out a separate application form for a hostel. “I gave the interview for the hostel but I could not get the accommodation. I had to move into a PG. I pay about `6,000 for a room that I share with another person,” said Vishaka Lama, a third-year student of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.
The officials of Delhi University said they realised that there is a dearth of hostels. “It will be difficult for the university to provide seats to all students but the proposal for more hostels is being considered. However, it will take time,” said a senior official.