Pune: Two weeks after students from the Northeastern states left the city in the wake of a panic-driven exodus, the University of Pune (UoP) has stepped forward with a helping hand. In a welcome initiative, the varsity has started accommodating insecure North-East students in the varsity's hostel. Last week four girl students from different N-E states studying in different affiliated colleges of UoP were admitted in the varsitys hostel as special case. Two more girls will be joining soon, said Dr B R Shejwal, UoPs hostel rector.
Although, the universitys hostel admission is closed, acting on a directive issued by UoPs Vice-Chancellor Dr W N Gade, varsity officials have started accommodating N-E students since last week, according to Shejwal. When contacted Dr Gade said, Yes, we have started this initiative not only for students studying on varsity campus, but also for those from affiliated colleges. I have given instructions to all principals of affiliated colleges of UoP to help lodge N-E students.
There is an acute shortage of space in hostels, as most of them are fully occupied. There are hardly any vacant rooms in hostels, but we have to arrange it. We have also approached the varsitys International Students Centre asking them to provide facilities for these additional students, said Gade.
The total capacity for girl students in the UoP hostel is 1,150, while it is 1,064 for boys. According to sources, the male hostels are already full, and hence the varsity administration is unable to
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