Revised mess rates in hostels: University of Punjab panel to review student requests

Chandigarh The University of Punjab (PU) has assembled a panel to hear the demands of the student bodies concerning the cancellation of the revised prices of foodstuffs in the hostels on the campus.

The six-member panel has already held a meeting, during which they decided to hold a dialogue between the students and the entrepreneurs of the mess / canteen. A few panel members have also engaged in dialogue with students and entrepreneurs, but a final decision on this has yet to be made by the university.

PU announced in December the revised food prices in university hostels for the 2021-22 academic session on the representation of mess and canteen entrepreneurs. The decision, however, drew criticism from student bodies, who were quick to demand the reinstatement of pre-Covid tariffs.

A panel member, requesting anonymity, said: “The price hike was justified for the student leaders who were invited to the dialogue. The panel should also keep in mind the grievances of contractors. “

According to the students, the price of a regular meal for boys was around ??35, which was raised to ??40 during lockdown, and later increased to ??43.50 now. They added that the price of a regular mess meal has also been increased to ??42 and the revised price of the special meal, for both boys and girls, was ??48.

Another panel meeting is expected to take place, but after a series of discussions with students and entrepreneurs, before a final decision. A university official said the final call on the matter would be taken in the coming days.

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The Center for Social Work of the University of Punjab held an exhibition tour for children of migrant workers on campus on Saturday. No less than 10 children, nine girls and one boy, aged 6 to 14, visited the departments of the zoology and anthropology museums. “The purpose of the event was to give children a hands-on exposure to preserved animals and the importance of animal studies,” the university said.

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