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Students protest for hostel facilities

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Airing grievances:Leaders of the Students’ Federation of India and officials of the Department of Social Welfare holding talks in Dharwad on Thursday.
Airing grievances:Leaders of the Students’ Federation of India and officials of the Department of Social Welfare holding talks in Dharwad on Thursday.

Students pursuing vocational courses staged a protest, under the leadership of the local unit of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), here on Thursday, opposing the delay in providing hostel facilities.

The students took out a procession to the office of the Deputy Director of the Department of Social Welfare, and staged the protest. SFI leaders Shivakumar Pawar, Anand M.H., Jagadish, Maruti Ambiger and Vinayak Kurubar led the agitation.

The protesters claimed that the department was delaying the allotment of seats in government hostels for students pursuing vocational courses. “It has already been a month since the department completed the process of admission, but the final list of selected students is yet to be released. This has caused hardships to students, especially those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the economically weaker sections,” they said.

Due to the lack of hostel facilities, students have to arrange for accommodation on their own, paying high rent, they added.

The agitation was withdrawn after Additional Deputy Commissioner Mahantesh Bilagi assured students that hostel facilities would be provided at the earliest. Ashok Chalavadi, Deputy Director of the Department of Social Welfare, said that the delay had been caused due to a shortage of hostels.

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