Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi on Monday protested in front of the office of the Dean of Students (DOS) demanding that the Barak hostel be opened for male students. The demands also include the holding of elections to the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) which have not taken place post the Covid-19 pandemic.
The protest comes after several students missed out on room allocation in campus hostels. In a letter to the dean of students, the JNUSU stated, “The single-seater availability in Damodar hostel should be immediately converted into double seater. All remaining students across courses should be allotted hostel on immediate basis.”
The letter, undersigned by JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, union councillor Anagha Pradeep and JNUSU-SIS councillor Manisha, further raised the students’ demand for the Narmada dormitory to be converted into a men’s hostel on a temporary basis and that the female students staying there should be given hostel rooms before the conversion.
The JNUSU further demanded that allotment should be followed on a priority basis with precedence for SC/ST/PWD students.