Colleges charge hostel booking fees : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, July 30

As the city’s college admissions process has begun, access to hostels is proving to be a problem for students and authorities.

Although the Department of the Interior has extended the school/college closure until August 31, the majority of colleges in the city have started charging a minimum hostel reservation fee. “We take a minimum charge of Rs10,000 to confirm occupancy. The amount will be adjusted each time hostels open,” said Dr. Sutapa Saryal, Dean of Admissions, DAV College, Sector 10.

Similarly, Dr Balraj Thapar, Principal of GGSD College, Sector 32, said that management has not made any decision on charging fees or mess fees but a minimum amount has been requested from those interested. to ensure occupation.

Meanwhile, MCM DAV College, Sector 36, is charging Rs 50,000 with an option to refund half the amount if hostels do not open until December. “We charge half of hostel fee as booking fee which comes to Rs 50,000. Of this amount, half of the amount will be refunded if the university hostel does not open before December. We have not yet taken any appeals for any further charges,” Principal Nisha Bhargava said.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, and Guru Gobind Singh Women’s College, Sector 26, have not made any decisions regarding the allocation of hostels; Dev Samaj College management said hostels are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. “The amount of the reservation is charged and the rest of the amount will be charged when the hostels open,” said one of the spokespersons.

Parents’ concerns

Meanwhile, a few parents have said colleges should cut accommodation fees for new and returning students, who paid for the mess but did not take advantage of the facility due to the lockdown. “The authorities should reduce the fee this year. Former pupils have already paid the mess fees which should be adjusted in the fees for the year as no one availed of the facility during the lockdown,” said a parent from Himachal Pradesh, under cover of a ‘anonymity.

Another student added, “Given the current financial situation, the authorities should restructure the accommodation fees for the year. The colleges are closed until August 31 and since then the future is still uncertain.

Linda G. Ibarra