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Panjab University to take feedback from parents on girls’ hostel curfew hours

The feedback form is being distributed to the students at the time of hostel admission.

punjab Updated: Aug 08, 2018 11:53 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times,
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Following protests, PU authorities relaxed the timing by an hour, from 10pm to 11 pm. (HT File )

In a counter move against the protests for the girls’ hostel timings, Panjab University (PU) has been issuing feedback forms to parents to help the authorities finalise curfew hours.

The feedback form is being distributed to the students at the time of hostel admission. They have been asked to submit the forms in the hostel office. Besides timings, the form covers other aspects of hostel, including type of facilities. In a first, the move was initiated in wake of protests by various student outfits to relax the curfew timings in girls hostels and bringing it at par with the boys hostels.

Recently, Students for Society (SFS), Students Organisation of India (SOI), and Pinjra Tod, a movement led by the outgoing PUCSC general secretary Vani Sood, protested in favour of relaxing the hostel timings for girl students so as to achieve gender equality on campus.

Following the protests, PU authorities relaxed the timing by an hour, from 10pm to 11 pm.

Dean students welfare (women), Neena Capalash said, “These forms have been created to have a second opinion of the parents as it is only during the time of admission that we interact with them.”

PUCSC outgoing general secretary Vani Sood said, “When the university decides the fee structure and other matters related to students, they don’t take the opinion from parents. Why are they then doing it for hostel timings now? When we can choose the PM, we can also choose the timings for going or coming to the hostel,” said Vani Sood.

‘Students demand 24-hr relaxation’

Dean students welfare (men), Emanual Nahar said, “The students have been demanding 24-hour relaxation in hostel timings for girl students. We have created these forms to know the opinion of the parents on the matter. The feedback will only be taken from the parents whose daughters are residing in the hostels.”

Meanwhile, the students are terming it as a way to silence the struggles of the students against the ‘patriarchal’ set up.

Former presidential candidate of SFS Hassan Preet said, “PU authority is doing moral policing by creating such ridiculous policies. We all know about the society we live in. Many of the parents are not even ready to educate their girls lest sending them to universities. Universities are there to show the world the way to live but here, PU is taking its ideas from the ‘patriarchal’ society outside.”

Questions on study schedule, attendance too

Besides timings, the feedback form has questions on attendance, entries, and study schedule.

One of the questions — Till what time do you think it is safe for your ward to remain out of the hostel in the evening? has options (a) 9 pm - 10 pm (b) 10 pm - 11 pm (c) Midnight (d) After midnight.

Another question — According to you which is the best place for your ward to study at night (after 10pm)? has the following options (a) Room allotted to the resident (b) Reading room within the hostel (c) AC Joshi library.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 11:50 IST