Hostel crisis plagues Ravenshaw students

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Cuttack: The students of the century-old Ravenshaw University (RU) are facing considerable difficulties due to severe shortage of hostel facilities and rooms in the varsity.

According to sources, more than 8,500 students study in the varsity of which only 6,000 apply for hostel accommodations. However, the institute fails to provide accommodation to those students. Consequently, they are forced to stay at private hostels by paying high costs.

The university authorities also admitted that the institute is unable to provide hostel facilities to more than 6,000 students.

The hostel issue has been addressed to some extent following the construction of the two news hostels in past, the varsity authorities said. Now, there are 13 hostels on the varsity premises of which six are meant for girl students.

In these six women’s hostel around 40 students of the junior college are currently residing.

Meanwhile, it was alleged that students from outside the state are being allotted hostel rooms, while the students from the remote areas in the district don’t get hostel facilities even though their native places are more than 60km away from the silver city.

The institute got the varsity status in November 2006 following which students across the country started taking admission. At present, more than 10,000 students are studying in the institute.

The Mahanadi Women’s hostel has 600-bed facilities where the undergraduate, as well as post-graduate students, are staying in it.

Similarly, Kathajodi hostel has 369 seats, Parija hostel has 210 seats, while Devi and Daya UG hostels have 216 and 350 seats respectively.  In total there are 1961 seats for the girl students of the varsity.

Apart from this, there are around 1,554 seats at various hostels for the male students of the institute, however, it was learnt that more than 1,554 students are staying at various hostels.

Surprisingly, the century-old institute doesn’t have hostel facilities for the research scholars, following which some of the UG and PG inmates of the hostels had staged a protested last year.

Later, vice-chancellor Ishan Kumar Patro had said that separate hostels for the MPhil and PhD students would be built soon.

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