Panjab University (PU) students may lose their hostel seat permanently from the next academic session starting July this year for allowing ‘outsiders’ to stay in their rooms illegally. Dean student welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal told HT a strict action will be taken those found guilty.
After receiving a list of those 30 outsiders, the Chandigarh police had caught them from the boys’ hostel number 4 during a raid on April 21-22 night. The raid was held after the cops received a tip off about the three absconding accused involved in a recent varsity firing incident hiding in the hostel.
Prof Goyal said, “After receiving the list, we will inspect the rooms in which they were staying — and the purposes of their stay — following which an action will be taken. However, the strict action can’t be taken against those come to stay only for a night for some work. Most of them are usually our own students, who are day-scholars.”
He, however, added the PU administration will not disturb them till the examinations are on, but if found guilty, they could lose their rooms.
He added, “After the firing incident at the PU, we had issued directions to all wardens to keep a strict check on the outsiders’ entry in the hostel. The hostel has been checked twice after that. We do not restrict the day-scholars to stay in our hostel for a day, but there is a provision them too. If a day scholar wishes to stay in hostel for a night, he/she has to submit application to the warden concerned, along with a fee of `25.”
Sources say that 30 outsiders have been caught ever since the checking was held. But had there been no such raid, over 100 such outsiders would still be staying in the hostel, they add.
PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover said, “The police, along with the PU internal security team, conducted the raid in the hostel. The police are yet to submit the list of the 30 outsiders to the DSW, following which the required action will be taken.”
LONG WAITING LIST
It has been learnt the girls’ hostels can accommodate as many as 3,300 students, while the boys’ hostels can accommodate around 3,000 students. Every year, the university has a waiting list of over 400 students in both the hostels.