Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College administration is planning to consider some of the demands, including 24X7 access to the hostel, raised by students but reportedly threatened them with the possibility of a fee hike. The development comes days after students protested against hostel 'curfew timings' and 'gating out'. “The committee is actively considering ways in which students can access the hostel 24*7, taking into account infrastructural and staff charges which will result in increased fees and notification to all stakeholders that will be worked out," reads an unsigned notice.
“The LSR administration said that for the abolition of curfew, they will have to hire more guards and put in place ‘logistics’ like revolving doors, biometric attendance, swipecards. To increase the number of hostel seats for implementation of OBC reservation, the administration has proposed the conversion of single-seater rooms to double seaters — the cost of all of which will be raised from the student fee. As was indicated during a meeting, apparently for the abolition of curfew, we must pay 15k extra annually, and 6k extra for implementation of OBC reservation. What the administration is telling us is that if we want freedom, we will have to ‘pay’ for it,” The Indian Express quoted Pinjratod as saying.
“The administration’s proposal of appointing more security guards…stands in violation of the principles of UGC’s Saksham Committee Report on Measures for Ensuring the Safety of Women and Programmes for Gender Sensitization on Campuses,” the statement added.
Earlier, the LSR administration came out with a series of new rules to make it easier for residents of the hostel to take night-outs. As per the new rules, late night timings will be 10:30 pm from next year, night outs and late nights will be available on all days of the month. However, they introduced a 60 per cent residency criteria. Student collective had categorically stated that it would be 'unacceptable'.