SRINAGAR: Students from Kashmir University who use hostel accommodation have sought a refund because they have not been in the hostels since last year on August 5 and then lockdown at COVID-19.
Hundreds of Kashmir Valley students have access to university hostel facilities, and each student pays an annual hostel fee of over 40,000 rupees.
The students wrote to the Vice-Chancellor and urged LG, who is also the Chancellor of KU, to interfere.
One of the students who is a member of the Kashmir University Student Guild (KUSG) said no students stayed in hostels from August 2019 until today, except for or for two weeks before the COVID outbreak in March, while talking to the KDC news agency.
“We demand the university authorities refund our fee which we had paid in advance. The hostels were reopened in February this year after remaining closed for seven months due to shutdown imposed by the government after the abrogation of Article 370.
After winter vacations hostels were reopened and some students from 2018 got accommodation in the hostel and paid some approximate rupees 40000 rupees but after that there was covid lockdown from March 22, 2020, and students had to vacate. We stayed in the hostels for a month. So, we demand the money to be refunded,” the student said.
We approached the office of the Vice Chancellor, his personal assistant said they would take the issue positively, but a response from them is yet to be received.’
As these students approached Aejaz Ahmed, the Provost boys’ hostel, he said they had been working on the topic for the last two months.
The students were told by the Provost that COVID 19 lockdown period might be refunded.
“While talking to the KDC news agency, Provost Boys Hostel, Aejaz Ahmad, he said, “We have taken the problem with a higher administration and any decision will be taken in due course of time. Before taking their demand into account, we will have to figure out how much time a student has stayed at the hostel.
For the 2016 uprising time, Law Batch 2015 paid their hostel dues. They have now paid for this pandemic era. They should have been paid (law students),” he added.
Together with PG batch 2018, Law batch 2015 has come up with the demand since there are only two months left to complete their course.