It is a rush time for the admission in the Delhi University and there is an equal rush to hit the high cut off marks and the increasing number of students with the every passing year. Once the student gets over with the struggle of getting into a college another road of hurdles begins. A look out for a affordable, secure and hustle free accommodation becomes another challenge for the students to tackle. It is indeed an irony that one of the country’s most prestigious and favoured institution is starved of hostel facilities. As a whole, Delhi University is the conclave of 82 colleges with various types of courses at under graduate and post graduate levels but it has only 14 hostels available for PG and less than 10 for UG students, with a maximum of 250 head count capacity. It clearly states the pathetic situation of students coming for the admission from various corners of the country. It is a fact that around 50 per cent of the students are from out side Delhi.
Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College(ARSD) has more than 800 seats for BA (Pass) course but there is not even a single accommodation available. Then why is ARSD still a favorite college for students? According to the Principal of the college Kavita Bhatia, it is simply because paying guest facilities are available at nearby locality like Satya Niketan, Moti Bagh, Nanakpura. But at the same time there is an availability of paying guest facility but at unusual high cost. It varies anywhere between Rs 3500- 4500 for a room excluding water and electricity. For food, students have to pay around 2000 rupees additional per month. The students become vulnerable as they prefer to stay near to college thus are forced to pay high rents, which become a burden for middle class families to bear.
“It is a grave cause of concern for us. I am a small businessman. But good education for my child is my prime target as there are no good colleges in my town,” Hukumchand accompanying his son Piyush from Purnia, Bihar said. Private accommodations are generally not very safe from the security point of view, especially for girls. Many incidents of molestation and eve-teasing have come in light according to the police authorities of adjoining areas of colleges. “We feel unsafe as we are away from our home town and family. Generally we return at our room before 7 pm,” said Jhanvi Singh who stays at Hudson Lane. Mukhrajee Nagar, Hudson Lane and Nehru Vihar are much favoured locations for students studying in North Campus. Though, some landlords have made special arrangements for girls but one can’t fully rely on them. Living conditions do not support the cordial atmosphere required for studies.
In south Delhi, Lady Sri Ram is the only women college, that has hostel facility for UG course, but strictly on the basis of the merit. And if one does not fall in the merit list then the person is …