ashmir University students availing accommodation have been asked to deposit advance mess fee, even as the the students have not used the service for over a year, first due to August 5, 2019 lockdown and then the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hundreds of students from Kashmir valley avail hostel facility in the university and each student pays around Rs 40,000 as yearly hostel fee.
According to KU students guild the students availing hostel facility have already paid the fee and have some amount in their mess fee accounts but the authorities are saying they will refund the amount later but at present the students will have to pay again the mess fee.
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“We demand the University authorities to stop this loot. The hostels were reopened in February last year after remaining closed for seven months due to shutdown imposed by the government. After winter vacations hostels were reopened and some students from 2018 got accommodation in the hostel and paid approximate Rs 40,000 each but after that there was Covid lockdown from March 22, 2020 and students had to vacate. We stayed in the hostels for hardly a month, even after that how can we pay such amount again that too in advance, ” the student said.
Registrar Kashmir University Dr Nissar was quoted as saying by KDC that the mess fee will be adjusted if student’s had paid it already, I’ll pass the necessary directions to hostel authorities tomorrow.