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University of Hyderabad students protest shift from hostels

HYDERABAD: Dozens of students of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) sat on a hunger strike on Monday in front of the chief warden’s office against the relocation of some students from various hostels during summer break.

P Sreerag, president of the UoH student’s union said, “Hundreds of students will be affected by this move. Especially students of integrated and masters programme course internships and projects during summer break. We will not tolerate closure of hotels and relocation of students for a month since the next academic session is scheduled to commence from July.”

Leaders of student argued that the administration’s move to relocate students to save electricity and water was not favourable for many.

“In the process, they are not even sparing the visually-challenged students. in the name of saving electricity and water, they are forcing students to shift to other hostels though the per capita water & electricity consumption will remain the same,” argued Arif Ahmmed, general secretary of the students’ union.

A press communique issued by the university earlier this month states that the move to accommodate students in a “handful of hostels” was “to rationalise, use of water, electricity & management of messes”

“This will also allow the university to take up the much-needed maintenance and repairs of some hostels. The university spends, on an average, about 9.5 crores per annum on electricity, water & internet in hostels. But, the rising costs of maintenance coupled with acute shortage of water supply has compelled the university to charge students wanting to stay back during vacation,” the communique read.



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