Kolkata: The students of Presidency University are continuing with their agitation for accommodation in the 132-year-old Eden Hindu Hostel at College Square in the city which has been under renovation since 2015.
The agitation on the University’s main campus started on 3 August and the students are carrying on with this even as vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia today said that it will take a few more months for the renovation to be over.
“As soon as the state public works department hands over us the hostel, we will allow the students to lodge there. But I will not make the mistake of committing a deadline as the work is being done by PWD,” Lohia told the agitating students today. She admitted that there has been some delay in carrying out the renovation exercise as per the original schedule. The work that started in 2015 was to be completed by this 15 July.
According to the agitating students, of the three blocks in the hostel, the renovation is nearing completion in only one block and that too given the pace of work, it might take three-four months. As regards the remaining two blocks, everything is in shambles and there is no sense of urgency in completing the work.
This has made the students adamant that the authorities should allow the students to lodge in one block at once and spell out a specific deadline for the completion of work on the rest two blocks.
The students have been occupying the corridor in front of the registrar and dead of students’ office: carrying on with the dharna in the day and sleeping on mattresses on the floor at night.
They say that although the University has provided an alternative hostel accommodation at Rajarhat, it is very far from the main campus. The bus provided by the authorities ply only in the morning and the evening and hence, those whose classes end at 1 pm are required to wait till 4 pm to return to Rajarhat.