Delhi University Department of Social Work students forced to vacate hostel

A notice issued by the Hostel Warden asked the residents to vacate the premises of the hostel by May 29th. This notice was only sent on 27th May. Since the imposition of the lockdown, 7 students have been stranded in the hostel which has a strength of 80. The students from Assam, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Chattisgarh , and other parts of the country could not leave the hostel on time due to health or other issues and now find themselves stuck there during lockdown.

The Hostel has asked the students to vacate the hostel or be fined, and the mess services will be discontinued. Pratap Chandra Behra , the warden of the hostel said in the notice that “As per the University of Delhi’s current academic calendar, the summer vacation starts from may 26. As per our hostel rules, our hostel remains closed for the residents during this period. Individualised service cannot be entertained. If a resident stays in the hostel on vacation, there will be charges/fines as per this hostel rules vide rule no-10.4. The mess shall remain closed from the evening of May 29th.”

The students also allege that they are being pressured by the warden and the hostel authorities, pointing out their source of food was taken. Students also say that the residents were cooperating with the staff and the administration, even though the mess had been functional with only one staff member and the quality of the food was low. With the mess shutting down, many students have no options for food in the varsity.

The students have also written to the proctor and the registrar of Delhi University about their situation, alleging mental harassment from the hostel authorities but have not gotten a reply yet. This situation follows a disturbing trend of hostel authorities becoming increasingly anti-student and unsympathetic, with several such instances happening during lockdown all over the country.

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