Students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are at loggerheads with the varsity administration once again. This time it's over the lack of accommodation facilities in the campus.
With the student intake increasing every year, hostel accommodation seems to have turned into a serious problem here. According to office bearers of the students' union, this year over 600 have not yet been allotted hostel rooms. Majority of them are outstation students.
Disgruntled with the delay in completion of the new hostel block called Koena, several students camped outside the Vice Chancellor's office on Tuesday and Wednesday to voice their anger.
"Those awaiting allotment have been accommodated in other hostels as second or third roommates. They living out of their suitcases, literally. What can you expect if three are actually sharing a room meant for one? How long does the authority expect them to continue like this?" said Shephalika Shekhar, vice president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU).
VK Jain, dean of students, however, said that the problem would be solved soon as Koena, which has a design capacity for 544 students, will be completed by the end of February.
"The administration is just buying time with false promises. Koena should have been ready around October, but the contractors have resorted to sub-contracting and consequently missed the deadline. There is no accountability,' said Sandeep Singh, president, JNUSU.
The administration has lashed back at the student body for blowing the issue out of proportion.
"During construction, major changes in the plan were made to accommodate one additional floor to Koena thus making it a 272 double-seated hostel which is likely to accommodate to about 544 students in stead of 400. Due to expansion of the scope of work along with site development work, such as, water, sewerage, roads and electricity etc, the time frame was extended. But, it is unfortunate that ignoring the real facts and genuine problems being faced by the University, the students have chosen to go to press giving thereby distorting facts," said Poonam Kudaisya, public relations officer, JNU.