With Business In Free Fall, Coaching, Hostel Owners Weep Over Government Shutdown Decision | Ranchi News

RANCHI: Coaching establishments and hostel owners have expressed their dissatisfaction with the state government’s decision to close all educational establishments, saying it will hurt their business, which was already down over the past of the last two years.
Co-secretary of coaching institutions in Jharkhand, SD Mishra pointed out that the government allowed offline courses in coaching institutions just two months ago and they were shut down again.
He felt that while the government has allowed shopping malls, hotels and bars to operate, it has adopted a mother-in-law attitude towards coaching institutions.
Noting that vaccination of young people over 15 has started, he said a mechanism to continue studies offline while ensuring student safety should be found.
“Although several institutions offer online courses, it is not an alternative to offline courses. Several students, especially from rural areas, drop out due to poor connectivity during online classes,” he said.
State Secretary of Coaching Federation of India Ritesh Singh said a number of coaching institutions in Ranchi have closed due to financial constraints affecting the livelihoods of about 1.5 lakh of the teachers and staff engaged in various training institutions.
He demanded that coaching institutions be allowed to operate at 50% capacity. He indicated that a letter in this regard would be given to the elected officials of the district.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand Hostel Owners Association Chairman Hemant Das said the hostel sector has also taken a hit during the ongoing Covid pandemic. He said with the government’s decision to close schools, colleges and training institutes, students left for their home countries.
“With dwindling revenues, hostel owners would struggle to meet fixed costs, including staff salaries and electricity bills. Several of them have rented out their premises to other purposes.
Another hostel owner said that as soon as the closure was announced by the government, students started leaving hostels in large numbers and in many cases parents arrived to pick up their children.

Linda G. Ibarra