Scene outside Lady Shri Ram College: parent of an outstation girl in tears — not because she did not get a seat, but because she did and also got hostel accommodation.
Getting into a college in Delhi University relieves most students, but for an outstation candidate the rush and anxiety do not end there. Rather, it starts another phase: search for accommodation.
With thousands of outstation candidates arriving in Delhi every year for admissions, hostel facility is a serious concern. “We started a hostel for girls last year. We also have one for the boys,” says Dr B.N. Ray, admission convener at Ramjas College. The college offers 80 seats to girls on merit basis, far less than the number of students seeking hostel rooms.
The scene is same at other colleges as well, more or less. Kanika Kukreta, who has taken admission in B.Sc. Physical Science at Gargi College, is now shifting to Ramjas College in the same course because she has managed a hostel seat there.
Another student Jyotismita Das of Indraprastha College feels parents more than students are more relieved when their children get hostel accommodation. “It is the safety factor that troubles them. On-campus accommodation does make a difference,” she says.
True. Seeking admission to a college might not be as difficult as acquiring a seat in the hostel. With around two-three seats available per course in on-campus hostels in most colleges and the number of applicants exceeding the seats available, it is indeed a Herculean task. One of the biggest girls’ hostels in Delhi University, the Lady Shri Ram hostel, alone receives around 2,000 applications.