Published: 02nd November 2018
Law students have nowhere to go as alumni, cab drivers and policemen occupy college hostel
Formation of Telangana state and four and year rule of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party has not rid the 100-year-old university from lack of enough hostels
Imagine the shock a student would experience when he sees 11 people already living in a hostel room that has been allotted to him and three others. On top of it, getting threatened by them and not being allowed to stay in the room. This was the experience of four students of Post Graduate College of Law, Basheerbagh, a constituent college of Osmania University (OU) when they entered their allotted hostel room in 'D Hostel', OU campus. Similar was the experience of 25 other students from the college, who were allotted rooms in D Hostel in OU.
Formation of the Telangana state and four and year rule of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party has not rid the 100-year-old university from lack of enough hostels, fund crunch and non-boarders occupying hostels, the latest example being the suffering of students pursuing five years integrated course at Basheerbagh law college.
In May this year, around 25 students of the college pursuing five years integrated course were allotted rooms in D Hostel at OU. However, most of them are staying either in rented accommodations or have — "adjusted" in hostel rooms of other students.
One of the 25 students said, "The non-boarders are occupying our rooms. Some of us have found acquaintances in the university who have allowed us to stay with them in their hostel rooms and others are living in far-off areas like LB Nagar and Kukatpally in private hostels."
Who are these non-boarders? The student said, "They include all sorts of people, from former students to even cab drivers, truck drivers and even policemen." Due to lack of access to mess facility, the 25 students are forced to cook for themselves. The student added, "We have been asking for mess facility and are ready to pay mess fees but the college has not accepted our pleas."
When contacted, Principal of Basheerbagh law college, T Aparna said, "Five year integrated course is a self-financed course. Students pursuing the course do not get hostel or mess facility. This was informed to them before admission but now they are demanding both. There have been proposals to university for changing the self-finance course into a regular course. Earlier principals of the college could managed to get few rooms in OU hostels to accommodate a few of the students in need of hostel but it was not a permanent arrangement."
Aparna further said, "Moreover, the money we receive from tuition fees will not prove enough to run the course with moot courts, guest lectures and other activities, as well as provide mess and hostel facility. I am in touch with university administration on the matter."
When contacted, OU Registrar, Professor Ch Gopal Reddy said that although students pursuing self-financed courses in OU campus colleges are provided hostels and mess facility, the facilities are not yet provided to Basheerbagh law college students and that the university is working to address the problem.