The new academic session is on and many students from Government Mohindra College and Government Bikram College of Commerce are hunting for paying-guest accommodation in the city. Both campuses have no boys’ hostel.
A few students have been adjusted in the hostel of the Government College for Education, which has 30 seats each for Mohindra, Bikram, and Khalsa College. The rent for paying guest accommodation is between Rs 4,500 and Rs 5,000 a month. “While nominal fee of the government colleges is a big relief, the absence of hostel facility evens it out. Living in rented rooms increases our cost of education. I was paying Rs 4,500 a month as paying guest until I got a room in the education college. Many are not so lucky,” said a Mohindra College student from Mansa.
He said the hostel atmosphere was “not nice” and the rules “very harsh”, while the monthly mess fee had been increased from Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800. The college’s 200 hostel seats for own students remain vacant most of the times. “Students from the other government colleges get these seats on priority but we accept forms only through their principals,” said Government College for Education principal SK Kaushik.
The college took ragging seriously, he said. “We have the personal record of every student. The guest-entry timings are fixed and, yes, we are strict about it. If they have any complaint about the hostel facilities, students can contact with me,” said Kaushik. Mohindra has a 350-seat girls’ hostel but the boys’ hostel was shut in 2005 after a series of clashes among students.
“We need nearly 500 hostel seats for boys. We have written to University Grant Commission about it,” said Government Mohindra College principal Sukhbir Singh Thind.
Government Bikram College of Commerce principal Harminder Kaur said a hostel wasn’t required on her campus. “We have little demand for hostel seats,” she said. “For any need, we have the education college hostel.”