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Panjab University hostel allotment goes online

Besides bringing transparency and the move will also benefit waiting-­list candidates

punjab Updated: May 13, 2017 12:11 IST
HT Correspondent
At present, every room has at least two occupants but research scholars are allowed to stay in single occupancy.
At present, every room has at least two occupants but research scholars are allowed to stay in single occupancy.(HT File Photo)

In a bid to ensure transparency in hostel allotments, Panjab University has uploaded details of existing hostel students online under a pilot-run for online allotment that started on Friday to prepare for year 2017-18.

The online allotment of hostels will bring clarity, particularly to the waiting list candidates, who used to be left at the mercy of students’ leaders.

Also, Dean Students Welfare will get to know about the vacancy in hostels at the click of mouse. Earlier, the system was opaque and many students used to be left in the lurch.

The training session of teaching departments’ staff and wardens has been completed. An online module has been also prepared which can be accessed by officials of teaching departments, as nominated by chairpersons, and wardens.

Though the students wouldn’t be able to access the module as it might infringe on privacy. Moreover, in case of some incident, it would quickly reveal hostel address of a student as required by authorities.

Currently, there are around 1,600 rooms in 8 boys’ hostels. In 9 girls’ hostels, there are around 1,750 rooms. In total, there are 7,000 hostellers at PU.

PROCEDURE

After taking admission in a department, the student, as per his/her merit, will be allotted hostel online. Higher the merit, more will be the choice before a student regarding hostel.

The student will then meet the warden of hostel who will further allot him/her a room on the module. Students are advised to stay closer to their classmates and are usually offered the same block.

In case of any issue, a student could get his/her room changed after talking to warden or DSW, who could check occupancy online.

BENEFITS

Earlier also, hostels used to be allotted from departments but new process will expedite allotments. “Otherwise, the hostel allotment forms used to be kept for days at department and hostels,” said Sanjeev Gautam, warden, hostel number 3.

No new form will have to be filled for hostel admission. Only an undertaking from guardian will be required.

There will be clarity for waiting candidates as otherwise, they used to keep shuffling between DSW office and students’ leaders. This move will end the favouritism as no one could jump the queue. Moreover, the fee could be deposited online though, offline option will also be available.

DEMAND

According to Dean Students Welfare Prof Emanual Nahar, there are eight boys’ hostels, having capacity of around 3,200, and nine girls’ hostels, having capacity of around 3,800.

“But we still need two more boys’ hostels, with capacity of 1,000, and three girls’ hostels, with capacity of around 1,500,” he added.

At present, every room has at least two occupants but research scholars are allowed to stay in single occupancy. Furthermore, the DSW said they are expecting to start one more girls’ hostel this year.