Though school and hostel for meritorious students in the city is a welcome step, it has spelled trouble for the hostellers of SCD Government College, who have been forced to vacate the premises as the land has been allotted for the school.
Earlier, the gover nment planned to set up the school at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), but due to paucity of space, the premises of boys hostel of SCD Government College was allotted for the school.
The new hostel for the boys is under construction and will be ready by august end. The college principal has asked the students to vacate the hostel and make their staying arrangements till the time new hostel was complete.
The move has left the students in a dilemma as one-room accommodation will cost them up to 4,000 per month, while they were paying around 6000 yearly to the college for the hostel facility.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Rajinder Singh, principal of the college said, “Our boys have vacated the old boys hostel near the Rose Garden. The new hostel is coming up on the college campus and will be ready by August 30. The college authorities have asked these boys to make their staying arrangements till then.”
A student, who wished not to be named, said, “I had been staying at the boys hostel for two years. We were asked to vacate the hostel on June 15. We will have to arrange accommodation for our stay till September. so I was very upset. As the accommodation is very costly in Ludhiana so I am sharing the room with two of my best friends and paying 3000 per month.” Another student said, “The Punjab government should have ensured that our new hostel was complete before the beginning of the new session on July 23. Private accommodations are costly. We have been put under extra financial burden for no fault of ours.”