Nearly half of the varsity’s approximately 1.8 lakh strong student body comes from outside Delhi, and only a fraction are accommodated in hostels provided by the colleges or university. The rest depend on paying guest (PG) accommodations or rent apartments close to their colleges.
With Delhi University set to expand its student intake by 10% this academic session, following the implementation of the EWS quota, the already existing campus accommodation crunch is going to be experienced far more acutely. While the university is opening its doors for more EWS students — whose household income is below Rs 8 lakh — it is not balanced out by living facilities to accommodate them.This will depend on the Centre releasing funds, which has not happened so far. Hopefully, by next year, some funds will have been received. But this year will be a stretch across the board.
Hostel accommodation is anyway something that we have not been able to provide — only some 2-3% of admissions happen to hostels. The 54% student expansion, which was introduced with OBC reservation, has also not been accommodated. Only SC, ST and PWD students have been provided accommodation on a priority basis.
College principals also said that as of now, there has been no movement towards accommodating the higher student intake. “It is not a simple exercise. Everybody is trying to work with the numbers, determine cut-offs and make it through the admission process. Accommodation is an issue and we are expecting that there will be a plan and resources to work on that. Colleges also have long-standing problems like shortage of space on campus.