One in three students needs hostel facilities, an urgency Punjabi University is grappling with.
It is going to be a herculean task for the administration of Punjabi University to provide hostel accommodation for students in the ongoing academic session.
Currently, the university has 12 hostels of which seven are for girls and five for boys, accommodating around 4,000 students. These facilities fall short of the 15,000 applications the university has received for admissions in this academic year.
Sources said that in each department every third aspirant had filed an application to avail the hostel accommodation but departments had their hands tied due to paucity of provisions. Accommodation facilities are no better than last year’s, bringing into question the tall claims made by the administration to deal with the issue effectively.
More than 60% of admitted students are females who are forced to stay as paying guests. Moreover, with limited hostel facilities, two to three students are made to adjust in one cubical room, while three to four are packed in a room meant for two.
Requesting anonymity, the head of one of the departments said it was difficult for them to refuse hostel facilities to students who came from distant places. “We have been authorised to provide hostel facilities to around six students, three boys and three girls from our department, but as per admission data, out of a class of 25 students 15 seek hostel,” he said.
Dean of student welfare Kublir Singh Dhillon admitted the problem saying the administration had allocated seats to different departments, on an assessment of their requirements, and asked them to strictly adhere to the list. “We are hopeful to get possession of a new girls’ hostel, which would accommodate 350 girls, in the coming days. We are trying our best to adjust girl students on the campus,” he said.