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Hostellers victim by default

GETTING HOSTELS vacated from undergraduate students was not a problem for the KGMU administration as closure of academic activities sine die was declared on Thursday night only.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 01:14 IST

GETTING HOSTELS vacated from undergraduate students was not a problem for the KGMU administration as closure of academic activities sine die was declared on Thursday night only.

But for some of the occupants it was really a difficult task.

Problem was for those who live in far off cities and do not have relatives in the city, specially girl students. They could not even manage railway reservation but were compelled to move out.

Girls were seen sobbing while they kept their baggage on rented three-wheelers and rickshaws.

Some students rushed directly to railway station to enquire about trains while their baggage were looked by their friends.

A long queue of vehicles was seen on road when students moved out of hostel rooms in the afternoon.

It may be mentioned that there are only two such incidents in the past when students had to vacate the hostels under such pressure from the varsity administration: In 1974 and in 1990. It’s after 15 years that students are again forced to leave hostel rooms allotted to them.

Initially getting the hostels vacated by undergraduate students was not on the cards but since they got involved in the strike with junior doctors the step was taken by the varsity administration.

“I am most unhappy with the students. They were never attached to strike called after the Nauchandi Express incident but they joined it and now became sufferers with the closure of academic activities,” said Vice- Chancellor Prof Mahendra Bhandari.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 01:14 IST