Punjab University students in dilemma over hostel allocation

Even though Panjab University (PU) has started the phased reopening of the campus, some students are having problems finding hostel accommodation. So far, the university has only resumed physical classes for final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students, but offline classes for all students are expected to start in March.

While most departments have completed the allocation of hostels, students in some departments are still facing issues. Some say they are waiting for the merit list for the hostel award, leaving them with a dilemma. They said that ministries were allocated fewer seats this time.

A PG freshman from the history department said: ‘Classes have already started but there is no clarity on who will be assigned the hostel. We are in a dilemma as to whether or not to take accommodation outside the university campus.

“Students are having trouble finding hostel accommodation and we haven’t received notice of the allocation so far. We don’t know what to do now,” said a second-year student in UG’s law department, whose classes are expected to start in the next few days.

For undergraduate (UG) courses, fourth-year students of five-year courses; third-year students of four-year courses; sophomores of three-year courses and freshmen of two-year courses, physical classes will start from March 10.

Members of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) have also requested that the hostel management system online portal be reactivated. NSUI member Mukul Chauhan said students are not properly assisted in getting hostel accommodation.

Dean of Student Welfare (DSW) at PU, Jagtar Singh, said: “We have now distributed the assigned seats to all departments. There are some seats that will accommodate increased doctoral enrollment and students with special needs. If these places are not taken, they will be allocated to the departments to accommodate more students”. He also said it would be revisited after some time.


    Dar Ovais is a Hindustan Times correspondent based in Chandigarh covering higher education.
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