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DU students demand hostel accommodation

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delhi-universityA group of students, alumni and teachers of Delhi University started a campaign demanding a right to accommodation for students coming from other states to study in Delhi University. The shortage of seats in hostels at the campus has stir another controversy among the students.

The inadequate availability of seats and absence of standardised rating system, the students and teachers are demanding implementation of Delhi Rent Control Act, 1995. At present the University has total 15 off-campus hostels and nine colleges with boarding facilities in the premises. Out of these nine only five colleges have accommodation for women.

According to the data, the University gives admission to nearly 54,000 students every year. On the contrary, there are only 9,000 seats available in the DU hostels for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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The protest on the right to accommodation has been going since last three years, but an increase in seats and implementation of Rent Control Act still remains the issue for students. Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) too has supported the movement and took the matter to HRD Ministry.

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