not enough for everyone
BHUBANESWAR: The government on Thursday asked state public universities and government degree colleges under the higher education department to provide hostels to students of regular courses on priority basis before allotting hostel rooms for students of self-financing courses. .
“It has come to the notice of the Higher Education Department that some universities and government degree colleges are providing hostel facilities to students of self-financing courses at the cost of students of regular courses. This practice should be stopped immediately,” wrote department secretary Saswat Mishra.
He said that the hostel facility should be provided to the students of regular courses on priority basis. He said that only after accommodating all the students of regular courses who wish to stay in the hostel, if some hostel seats still remain vacant, the students of self-financing courses can be considered against those vacancies.
Utkal University student Sudhanshu Sahu said that many students did not get accommodation in the university hostel. “Many poor students live in rented accommodation outside the campus due to lack of hostel rooms. There is a need for more hostels on the campus to house the students of both regular and self-finance courses,” said Sahoo.
Basant Kumar Malik, president of the PG council of Utkal University, said that there is a shortage of hostel rooms as compared to the number of students taking admission every year. Some other universities and government degree colleges also face the same problem. These institutions do not have enough hostel seats to accommodate all the students applying for hostel accommodation. Some institutions find it very difficult to allot hostel seats where the number of applicants is more than the available seats.