Shortage of govt hostels: Students facing accommodation issues

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ISLAMABAD

The students from various s educational institutions in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are facing problems in getting a reasonable accommodation due to the shortage of hostels.

Many educational institutions have been running short on the space for accommodating boarders.

This disadvantageous situation of residential facilities for the students leaves them with no other choice but rent out rooms in private hostels.

The students living in private hostels do not only have to pay a hefty amount of rent, but also have to face many problems including a compromised state of security, quality meals, and potable drinking water besides other issues.

Many young people who come to the twin cities from various parts of the country with an aim to study at best educational institutions are forced to live in expensive private hostels due to lack of accommodation on campus.

A student Amir Bilal shared his experience in this regard, saying that “Unhygienic food is served in private hostels and there are no proper arrangements for keeping neither the rooms nor bathrooms clean”

He said that they charge extra for breakfast and laundry.

He further said, “charges of private rooms are out of reach of students as the hostels are charging Rs7,000 to 10,000 for a single bed”

Another student said that “the students coming from outside of twin cities are facing problems as most of the colleges and universities here are without proper residential and hostel facilities.” He also complained of bad behaviour shown by the owners of private hostels in most cases.

He said there should be proper checks and monitoring system of private hostels and it should be ensured that private hostels must provide better facilities to the students.

According to an official of Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI), they cannot accommodate all the enrolled students in hostels as they are facing a shortage of hostel accommodation. However, they said that the university is planning to construct more hostels for the students in the future.

The Federal Urdu University does not have any living arrangements for their students.

Meanwhile, many other education institutions also do not have hostel facility for their students.

An official of NUML said that their students are also facing accommodation problems due to lack of rooms for students who came from far-flung areas, so varsity’s  management is planning to have more rooms with  all necessary facilities.

The students appealed to the authorities concerned to take urgent steps for provision of residential facilities to students in twin cities. APP

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