STUDENTS who want to avail of hostel facilities at Delhi University, will have to spend more money this year as most colleges have decided to hike the hostel fee.
While some colleges like Miranda House and St Stephen’s College have already hiked it, Ramjas College, Shri Ram College of Commerce and Kirori Mal College are planning to increase it from the current academic year. Apart from living costs, there is an increase in the security deposit too.
According to the college authorities, the hostel fee has been hiked because most college hostels have undergone renovation and are now equipped with better facilities. PK Mohanty, administrative officer, Miranda House, says, “The old hostel rooms have been given a completely new look and more facilities have been added. So we had to increase the fees.”
“As of now, the hostel fee is Rs 15,640, which will increase by another Rs 2000-3000. The security deposit is Rs 1500, which will also increase,” adds Mohanty.
However, a student from Miranda house, on condition of anonymity, adds, “Talking of renovation, our hostel has negligible facilities. Forget microwave ovens and refrigerators, we do not even have coolers. Besides, the money for the renovation was not even invested by the college. So why charge students for it?”
During Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Ramjas College hostels were renovated. Now, according to Tanvir Aijaz, hostel warden, the cost of maintenance needs to be taken care of. “Moreover, we are also employing more staff who have to be paid. The final call on this issue will be taken on May 31,” says Aijaz.
PC Jain, principal, Shri Ram College of Commerce, agrees to say that following CWG, the hostel rooms have undergone a major change. Right from the rooms to toilets, corridors, kitchen, dining hall and gardens — everything looks new.
Also, students have been given quality beds, mattresses and curtains. “In fact, we have even installed RO, the water purifier, in the hostels. This alone costs around two lakh rupees. The current hostel fee is around Rs 17,000, but we are planning to increase it by another Rs 6,000.”
A student from Hindu College points out, “True our hostel looks far better after the CWG. The toilets are better, the furniture looks good. We also have mirrors, curtains, tiled flooring, LCD with woofers, etc. We are also allowed to use coolers and heaters. But, the hike in fees is not justified. The money for renovation during CWG was provided by the central government. Our fees, which was Rs 28,000 has been increased to Rs 34,000.”
Pointing out that the hike is not really a big issue, JM Khurana, dean, student’s welfare, says, “Everything is getting expensive. Come to think of it, fuel prices have increased and even minimum wages of people have increased. In comparison to last year, students have been provided with much better facilities.”
“Today, students are being provided with a range of modern facilities — starting from microwave ovens, television, washing machines, 24-hour free access to internet connection with unlimited download facility, and more. It also has to be understood that the cost of living is not getting any cheaper. Students and their parents should consider these aspects too,” adds Khurana.