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JNU Polls to See Hostel Facilities as Key Issue

The Jawaharlal Nehru University is soon to hold their election in the college for their future union president to get selected.

Sep 16, 2014 12:43 IST
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University is soon to hold their election in the college for their future union president to get selected. But before the selection, one issue that has craved in through every potential leader’s speech is the lack of hostels in the campus. The issue has found place in almost every students associations’ and independent candidates’ agenda who are in the fray for contesting this year’s election.

According to a data, almost 77 percent of the first year students presently in the university doesn’t have the hostel facilities and this year just above 300 students could get admitted to hostel rooms. The whole bunch of other students has to manage on the costlier accommodation around the campus without any proper transportation facility and good living standards. They need to travel a long distance to reach the university everyday and it is severely affecting their studies resulting in the increasing number of dropouts, mostly in case of woman.

The students from all over the country come to the university for studies and most of the students who take admissions are from outer states. Without any metro station near walking distance to the university most of the students need to avail other private or public transportation facilities which often turn out to be very problematic. For the same reason many students need to have hostel facilities which the university authority couldn’t quite provide to the students.

Being a world-class university with higher overall rankings in the list of top universities this basic facility needs to get looked after and thus parties like SFI (Students Federation of India) , DSF( Democratic Students Federation), AISA and ABVP and other independent candidates have made this their top priority in the elections to come.

With constant agitations and demands by AISA there has been a sanction of one hostel for the students. Giving light to the problem the VC of the university made it clear that with the fee structure this low from the students for the courses it is impossible for the university to bear additional hostel costs.

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