Tuesday, 1 June 2010

DU students trying to figure out accomodation during CWG

With the commencement of the admission season in Delhi University (DU), big question for students who are not from Delhi is to arrange safe and convenient accommodation.

Close to 1,200 of such aspirants, however, may not be able to do so this year as college hostels in DU are being taken over by the government to accommodate foreign delegates who will visit the city during the upcoming Commonwealth Games up till November.

Kirori Mal College, Hindu, Hansraj, Ramjas, Shri Ram College of Commerce and St Stephen’s are among the DU colleges that have volunteered to play host to Commonwealth Games delegates.

Students are, however, not so enthused, being forced to find alternative accommodation during the period. The accomodation will invariably be costlier and less convenient compared to hostel dorms.

At this point, many are not even fully informed about the situation as there has not been any official communication yet in this regard.

Colleges such as Hansraj and Hindu will continue to provide accommodation to their physically handicapped students up till November, while the rest are undecided over the issue.

Renovation work, conducted by the Commonwealth Games Committee, is underway at the hostels. The process is to cost the government for which the government is handing out grants to every college. Ramjas is due to receive an estimated Rs 2.3 crore for the renovation process. “Besides repairs and furnishing, it includes the installation of a power back-up system, a RO system, construction of guestrooms and toilets, improving the kitchen, etc.

Among girls’ colleges, Lady Shri Ram and several others have opted to open their hostels for the Games, while others like Indraprastha College and the International Students House for Women have not.

Girls admitted in co-ed colleges are worse off. Most co-ed colleges do not have adequate hostels for girls and There is often a long waiting list, particularly for the girls’ hostel.

Of the seven co-ed colleges in DU that provide hostel facilities, only four have on-campus residential facility for girls, St Stephens and Shri Venkateswara College being the only ones with an equal number of seats for boys and and girls.

Hostellers, however, will face a hard time since few PGs provide accommodation for less than 11 months. The rush for acquiring rooms has already started, with most PGs near campus getting occupied rapidly.

Several new PGs have opened up in Kamala Nagar to accommodate the swelling crowd of students . Other PG accommodations are available in Timarpur, Vijay Nagar, Shastri Nagar, etc.

The overall shortage of accommodation during the Games will be about 40,000, and the government is trying to bridge the gap by giving tax holidays to the starred hotels which will account for about 11,000 rooms. Another 6,000 rooms will be put together by the Commonwealth Games Village and the newly constructed DDA flats at Vasant Kunj in South Delhi.


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