Jamia students allege university is forcing them to vacate hostels amid lockdown

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Written by Aranya Shankar
| New Delhi |

Updated: May 2, 2020 6:47:17 pm


jamia professor, jamia citizenship amendment act protests, anti caa protests jamia, jamia milia university delhi, caa news, delhi news, indian express Hostel residents, nevertheless, stated they’d refused to signal the shape and go away.

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, who had stayed again in hostels when the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic got here into impact, alleged that the administration is forcing them to vacate hostels and signal an enterprise that claims that they’re doing in order per their very own volition.

While a number of students had left the university simply forward of the lockdown, some had determined to keep again. The university authorities have now requested students to signal a type which reads, “I declare that the decision to travel my hometown has been taken by me at my own responsibility and as per MHA (Ministry of Home Affair) guidelines.”

While the MHA pointers say stranded students “will be allowed to move” with situations, it doesn’t mandate the identical. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had in March stated that students who had stayed again in hostels after the lockdown started “should be allowed to continue in their hostels”.

Registrar of the university, A P Siddiqui, additionally issued an order Friday which stated, “The students stranded in the hostels who could not go back to their homes earlier and stayed back are hereby directed to vacate the hostels as per the arrangements of transportation and travel protocols of the state governments.”

“The areas in proximity of the university are being declared as hotspots, and no movement is allowed in the designated areas. It is difficult for the university to maintain logistics and manpower requirements in future,” he added.

Siddiqui stated hostels have been additionally “required for sanitisation, maintenance and for contingent quarantine facilities”.

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“Therefore, the hostels are to be vacated completely with no exceptions. The provosts (boys and girls hostels) are requested to initiate the process urgently,” he stated.

Hostel residents, nevertheless, stated they’d refused to signal the shape and go away.

“There are around 30 residents still staying back at the girls’ hostel. We refused to sign it because we were being forced to leave. They wanted us to say that it’s our responsibility if something happens to us once we leave for our hometowns, which is not acceptable to us,” stated a hosteler.

Another hostel resident stated, “We have been restricted to our hostel buildings here. We haven’t even ventured out into the campus. What is the point of forcing us to vacate and exposing us to the virus now? We are also asking the university if we will have to go to quarantine centres if we leave, but nobody is clearing our doubts.”

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Asked why students have been being compelled to vacate, a university official stated, “MHRD guidelines are old. The situation has changed. When the university is closed for all purposes and the neighbourhood is surrounded by hotspots and containment zones from where substantial workforce comes, it is difficult to sustain logistics for the University.”

“Why don’t they want to go to their homes when a window is being provided for a safe journey back home? What will they do for 2-3 months when everything is online,” he stated.

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