Students say booking policy is again flouted in hostel allocation, plan protests in November – Edexlive

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNUSU) Students’ Union has submitted a memorandum to the Dean of Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), demanding the immediate implementation of reservation policies for the allocation of hostels to new students. undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) lots. The students say the booking guidelines for the housing estate have been flouted yet again. Earlier, in July this year, the students alleged such discrepancies in the award process. “The same problem keeps repeating itself and we have to write to the administration to fix it or organize protests,” says Sagnik Sarkar, a second-year student at the institution. The students have informed us that they will organize a demonstration against this issue on November 24th.

What happened?
Batch 2022 UG courses started yesterday, November 21 and PG courses are due to start on November 28; however, the students claim that the JNU administration has not yet provided the students with accommodation facilities or an allotment list. A statement released by JNUSU states, “As verification of documents for admissions to different programs is ongoing at JNU, JNU administration has once again failed to provide timely accommodation to students.” According to the hostel handbook of the institute, SC/ST and PwD students should be given priority when choosing a hostel, nevertheless, only PwD students in the P1 and P2 categories received a hostel allowance until now.

Previous violation of reservation policy
During the previous admissions cycle, there were also claims of violations of reservation rules. Reserved category students who enrolled in the non-reserved category did not receive preference for hostel assignment in the non-reserved category. A press release issued by JNUSU cites examples to say: “…in the first list of hostels released for UG 2021 batch ‘boy students’, out of the 50 seats allocated, 13 seats were allocated to students in the EWS category, which is more than double the 10% reservation allocated to the EWS category. Subsequently, the places in the unreserved category were reduced to only 11 places…. This actually led to to a situation where SC/ST/OBC students had to wait a long time for hostel allocation.

Request for more hostel buildings and genderless hostels
Students are also demanding that the university start building more hostels in light of the addition of new courses and increased enrollment. “The current situation has deteriorated so much that the University does not even have the capacity to host two Master’s batches simultaneously,” the JNUSU statement said. They further demand that the university take the necessary steps to build gender-neutral homes to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment, especially for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Letter to the Dean of Students
The memorandum written to the Dean of Students by JNUSU on November 21 indicates that many students drop out or cancel their admission due to the delay in the award. The letter also outlines the students’ demands, which include the following: a separate wing for the LGBTQI+ community, infrastructure to ensure inclusive space, priority for SC/ST under “constitutionally mandated reservation”, seats hostel rooms to be made available for the SC/ST/OBC category, release of hostel rooms available on the Inter-Hall Administration (IHA) website, and more. Some of the additional requests include:
– Assignment of households to category P3 PwD
– Improved accessibility of homes for people with disabilities
– Align the cost of MBA-specific hostels with the costs of other hostels

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