Monday, August 16, 2010

Protest Against the Eviction of Students from College Hostels

Students and teachers in Delhi University have finally come together to protest against the eviction of students from college hostels to accommodate tourists during the Commonwealth Games. Members of the University Community for Democracy a group of students, teachers and former students in DU, formed two months ago will go on a relay hunger strike from Thursday onwards at Arts Faculty to make DU authorities come forward and take responsibility for helping out the evicted hostellers. The group also wrote to the National Commission for Women on Wednesday highlighting the problems faced by female students in searching for accommodation outside the campus.

‘‘Why are students being made to pay for the Commonwealth Games? Earlier they paid anything around Rs 20,000 annually for hostel accommodation. But now they are forced to pay upto Rs 30,000 for three months in private hostels,’’ said Bonojit Hussain, a member of the group. He added that the cost of rooms in the PG hostels has gone up as much as three times also affecting not just the 1200 students evicted from college hostels, but also the other students who have come to DU from different cities.

While the colleges get to charge tariff from the tourists who come visiting during the Games, the students are being forced to pay exorbitant rents outside ‘‘which does not include food or electricity bills.’’ Bikram Bohra, a second-year student of BA (honours) history at Ramjas College, said, ‘‘I am now managing in a flat in Vijay Nagar with three others at Rs 10,000 per month.”