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Make my hostel room cool

DU hostels are being revamped, but will that make students happy?

entertainment Updated: Jun 04, 2010 02:16 IST
Harsha Bhatnagar

The college hostels in Delhi University are getting a facelift to accommodate the foreign delegates during the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in October. The renovated rooms will later be given back to the students.

The hostel revamp includes painting of the walls and replacing of the old creaky beds with ones with new coir mattresses. Drawer-less tables will be replaced by new glazed top tables. Windows will have curtains and bedsides will have lamps. The corridor floor will have new, swanky tiles.

But this is not enough. Students want more. Jitesh Khanna, a student in Ramjas College, wants a separate television room in different blocks of his hostel. “There are so many students in the hostel and having just a couple of television sets doesn’t serve the purpose. Those who want to watch a movie should not be disheartened just because others want to enjoy a cricket match,” he says.

Ankush Joshi from Hans Raj College hostel says, “The authorities should use this opportunity of Commonwealth Games revamp to have a good sports complex within the hostel compunds as well.”

Rahul Mohanto of Kirori Mal hostel asks vehemently, “We have been told there will be additional cupboards. But can someone please tell me that in a room that can hardly accommodate two beds and two tables, how do they plan to have an additional cupboard? I only hope they don’t increase the hostel fee.”

Aarti Dureja of Ramjas College feels that a part of the ‘renovation’ money ought to be used for increasing security in hostels. “There are times when we girls want to go for a stroll but it is a difficult as there are unwanted elements lurking outside,” she says.

Tanvir Aijaz, warden of the girls’ and boys’ hostel of Ramjas College, says, “The HRD Ministry has sanctioned Rs 40,000 for renovation of each room and an additional amount for the revamping of the hostel exteriors. When students will move into these rooms, they will surely like the swanky look.” He explains that the colleges otherwise get merely Rs 1.23 lakh every five years for hostel maintenance and feels it is too less.

Expressing his fear, he says, “If we do not get the amount to maintain the renovated rooms, we (the college hostels) will have no alternative but to increase the maintenance amount from the students.”