Delhi University’s Social Work Department Hostel Asks Students to Vacate; Health Safety Ignored

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University of Delhi: The Department of Social Work Hostel has asked its residents to vacate the hostel by the evening of May 29, 2020, ignoring the health hazards being faced in the country in the wake of a pandemic. The hostel is currently accommodated by 7 students who belong to different parts of the country, ranging from Ladakh to Assam.

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The notice, dated May 27, 2020, features the Hostel Warden, Mr. Pratap Chandra Behera as the undersigned and mentions the Hostel be “remain closed for the residents, during this period.” It prohibits any lodging in the Hostel failing which “there will be charges/fines as per the hostel rules… Mess shall remain closed from the evening of May 29, 2020.”

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Section 10.4 of the Hostel Rules states that the residents “shall vacate their rooms within three days of completion of examinations” and the defaulters “will be charged penalty room rent of Rs 200 per day from the date of their due date.” The residents debunk the legitimacy of the notice arguing that no examinations have been conducted yet; so “the Hostel rule has been misinterpreted and used arbitrarily.” They claim to have been allotted the rooms as per the merit rules and, thus, question the validity of the Warden’s notice.

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The residents have mailed the Proctor and the Registrar but have not received any response as of now. They have requested these concerned authorities to necessarily intervene to resume the mess facility along with a stay on the notice.

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