The administration recently sent notices asking students to vacate the hostels so that it can clean and prepare the rooms for the fresh batch arriving in August.
Hostel accommodation at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) is leading to new tensions on the campus with the administration trying to vacate the ‘unauthorised’ boarders and those staying illegally in the men’s hostel.
The administration recently sent notices asking students to vacate the hostels so that it can clean and prepare the rooms for the fresh batch arriving in August. As per the rule, even the first year students have been asked to vacate so that they can be allotted rooms afresh along with newcomers after fumigation.
“In recent times, first year students were never asked to vacate after the exams and this has led to some consternation amongst us,” one of the affected students said.
However, officials say they are implementing the norms that were not followed in the last few years. As per the norms, students have to vacate the rooms once the exams are over and hand over the keys to the warden. But officials found that despite notices served about 180 rooms were found to be unauthorisedly locked and the inmates were not seen. Authorities then decided to put additional locks on them and sent letters to the people who were allotted those rooms.
Much to the surprise of officials, the additional locks were found to be broken and the inmates did not approach the officials for removing them.
“It shows that they were staying illegally and we cannot allow this,” said the EFLU Vice-Chancellor, Sunaiana Singh. “We have to gain access to those rooms and clean them for fresh allotments,” she said.
Another official said that fresh letters were being sent to inmates of the locked rooms and if they didn’t respond, the administration would have to take the issue forward as per law. “However, there is not much problem with the women’s hostels as of now, but the rules apply to everyone.”