Outstation Delhi University students now assisted in house hunting

July 9th, 2008 - 10:53 am ICT by IANS  

By Azera Rahman
New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) So you have made it to your dream college. But what about the accommodation? For outstation students, especially girls, finding the right lodging can be a big headache after being admitted to Delhi University - and coming to their rescue now is the varsity’s students union. Safety being the prime factor, the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) has decided to conduct a survey of all private hostels and paying guest (PG) accommodation in and around the university’s north and south campuses to enable students find the right place to stay.

“Our survey is aimed at helping mainly girls, many of whom have come to Delhi for the first time and don’t have any idea about the private accommodation,” DUSU president Amrita Bahari told IANS.

As a part of the survey, a team of DUSU students will go to all the private lodgings and judge for themselves if they are god enough for girls to live in.

Approximately 12,000 outstation students have trooped into DU for admissions.

“Our main criterion will be the location of the hostel or the PG accomodation. If we feel the place is not safe enough we will ask landlords about the measures they are taking to ensure the safety of the students.

“We will also work in association with Delhi Police and check if any complaints have been lodged against the landlord by previous tenants at any point of time or if he has any criminal record,” Bahari said.

She, however, added that rented apartments in which a lot of students stay will not be a part of their survey because the process will then become too complicated.

The team conducting the survey has 12 members as of now, but more are expected to join.

“We will begin the survey once the new session of the university starts, that is, on July 15. The survey shouldn’t take us more than 15 days.

“After that, we will submit a detailed report to the vice chancellor of the university, who will inform the students through official channels and issue an order that if a particular accommodation doesn’t meet the safety standards then no student from DU will live there,” Bahari said.

“I want to complete the entire process within my tenure,” added Bahari, who will lay down office next month, when the annual DUSU elections are due.

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