As Delhi University prepares to reopen, wait for hostel rooms may get longer

Although Delhi University (DU) has announced the date for resuming offline classes, students may still have to wait longer to get a hostel room as colleges take time to complete the process of award, the news agency reported. PTIciting officials.

Following its decision to reopen, the university sprang into action to welcome all undergraduate and postgraduate students back to classes from February 17. The cleaning and renovation process was resumed on a war footing.

However, the hostel application process may not be expedited.

“The hostel has a capacity of 56 students. We have started to prepare the rooms by putting a new coat of paint on the walls. The process of assigning rooms was done online,” quoted the news agency Sanjeev Kumar Tiwari, director of Maharaja Agrasen. College, as they say.

Babli Moitra Saraf, Principal of Indraprastha College for Women, hopes the application process for the college hostel will start from Friday. But she also questioned whether students could return to colleges on such short notice.

“Catering, deep cleaning and disinfection are things we will take care of. But there are more important things like hostel admissions to be done first for freshmen and sophomores. We are doing a list of seat availability and vacancies,” she said.

“By tomorrow evening, we will begin the application process. Accordingly, we will be opening hostels as students come in. We have to wait and watch how the situation develops,” she added.

Another task of the college administration is to ensure that the rooms are ventilated and that there is enough space for two students.

“We will have to see the size of the room and if it is a small room, only one student will be allowed. The list of hostels cannot go out on February 17 and will take a few more days. This usually happens every year Once After the admission process is completed, the list of hostels is prepared,” said Vibha Chauhan, Principal of Kirori Mal College.

Chauhan agreed with Saraf and said they would start assigning the inn first.

“We will first solicit applications from students who want to stay in hostels and then prepare a merit list. There is a hostel committee that takes care of this. We will follow the usual procedure,” Chauhan said. .

Pankaj Arora, Dean of Student Welfare, DU, said: “Each hostel has a management committee and they will decide on further processes. We had a meeting with the hostel provosts the day before yesterday (Tuesday) and we advised them to complete the process of assigning hostels online so that students know where they will be staying after returning to Delhi.”

“Organizing an isolation facility is the prerogative of the hostel and if students wish, they can complete their three-day isolation period elsewhere and then come to the hostel,” Arora said.

In addition to ensuring that social distancing guidelines are adhered to, to verify the safe resumption of offline academic activities, officials also face the daunting task of ensuring rooms are quickly allocated to remote students.

DU colleges were closed in March 2020 after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The university had given the green light to resume practical sessions in February last year, but after the emergence of the second wave, classes were suspended in March.

In September, the university allowed final-year UG and PG students to return to campus, but attendance was low.

With agency contributions.

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Linda G. Ibarra