Hostels locked in KU: 2000 students from far off areas left in lurch
12: More than 2000 students have been
left to fend for themselves after University of Kashmir arbitrarily locked
hostels in the campus.
For the last
three months, Kashmir University had been shut due to uncertainty post Article
370 abrogation. However, few days ago, University resumed classwork without
extending hostel facilities to students of far flung areas.
“I have to travel from Bandipora district to
attend my classes in Kashmir University. I can’t come daily because I have to
shell out Rs 300-400 for my travel expenses. I used to stay in hostel before
August 5. Post abrogation of Article 370, all hostels have been shut,” said
Amina Shafi, an aggrieved student.
Basit Wani said it is not possible for him to travel every day from his home at
“I was looking
for a rented accommodation in the vicinity of Kashmir University. I was shocked
to know that monthly rentals range from Rs 8000 to 10,000, which I could not
afford. It is very difficult for students of far flung areas to attend classes
every day,” he noted.
University, Sheikh Ajaz and Dean
Academic Affairs, Professor Akbar Masood refused to comment.
spokesperson, Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said a small
percentage of students stay in hostels while rest of them are either from
Srinagar city or stay in private accommodation outside the varsity. “We have
limited hostel accommodation here,” he said
currently the attendance is very thin and when the classwork starts properly,
hostels will be thrown open.
come and talk to the warden. We have to make heating, cooking and other
arrangement for students who stay in the hostel. Class representatives should
talk to the respective departments,” he said.