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High drama at Jubilee Hall hostel

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JULY 10. Delhi University's prestigious Jubilee Hall hostel witnessed drama on Friday evening with students disrupting a meeting of the hostel management committee discussing the recommendations of a University sub-committee on admission related issues of postgraduate hostels on the campus.

According to Jubilee Hall officials, residents did not allow the meeting to proceed beyond the first clause that suggests that admissions to all PG hostels be done through an admission committee consisting of the Provost, Warden and Resident Tutor. It also adds that the hostel managing committee may co-opt observers from its members on the admission committee if it wants.

The students apparently opposed this particular clause, arguing that their representative should be an active part of the selection process and not just a `watchdog'. "Our attempt is only to bring about uniformity into the system. As of now, all the hostels open admissions at a different time and also have different disciplinary action. We gave the option of the hostel union president and the mess secretary being made observers on the panel, but students say they want complete participation.

How can we let residents decide who will get admission to the hostel?'' questioned Rajiv Khanna, the Chairperson of the hostel's management committee.

Following the disagreement among the management committee members, it was finally decided that the recommendations would be adopted only after the management approves it, with the hostel continuing with the existing process till then.

The sub-committee had been formed following a High Court directive asking the University to try and make the admission process more uniform in the hostels.

It is up to the individual hostels - which currently function independently - to consider the implementation of the proposed rules provided their management committees approve of them, the draft seems to have led to some unrest among students.

The recommendations include rules on the procedure of admission, distribution of seats, duration of stay, rules of residence, procedure for taking disciplinary action against residents, resident union among other things.

As per the proposal, if a resident stays away from the hostel for more than seven days without informing the hostel administration in writing, the hostel would have the right to take possession of the room and reallot it to another student.

As far as disciplinary action is concerned, the sub-committee has recommended that in case the provosts find a resident guilty of suppression of information in the application for admission, act of indiscipline, indulgence in indecent or violent behaviour or any other reason he can take action.

The resident would be given a three- day notice to give an explanation, after which the Provost can set up a committee and take a decision based on its report.

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