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Six months on, 2000 students await hostel facility at KU


Srinagar, Jan 04: Six months on, more than 2000 students of Kashmir University are going from pillar to post for the hostel accommodation.

In July last year, around 2000 students applied for hostel accommodation. Six months on the varsity is yet to provide them accommodation.


“I have applied for the hostel facility last year but the University is yet to issue a list. I come from Kulgam district and face immense hardships on reaching the university,” said a student.

Another student of the library science department said they talked to university officials but they sought some more time for releasing the list.

 “I come from Tangdar which is a far off area. I zeroed in on the rented accommodation but the house owner is asking to pay in advance. He charges Rs 5000-8000 for one month and it is very difficult to manage such expenditure”, she said

An official of the university said they have only seven hostels which include four for girls and three for boys. “Every year around 2,000 girl students get admission in the university, of whom only 800-1000 get accommodation. Others have to find accommodation outside the campus”, he said.

Professor Ajaz Ahmad, Provost Kashmir University hostel, said since the internet was not available, it took them a while to prepare the preliminary list. “We provide accommodation to those students who live in far off areas. After finalizing the list, we will submit it to the university authorities for further clarification. Within a week the varsity will upload the accommodation list”, he said.