Utkal University has long been marred by cases of outsiders staying in university hostel without valid permissions. It has been often found that outsiders who are invalid boarders in the hostel occupy or share rooms with students as they are allowed by the same students to stay with them inside the premises.
The trouble has become a headache of sorts for the entire university which now truly wants to get rid of the menace once and for all. The resolute management has now come up with a master plan to put an end to the misery forever as it has created much controversy in the past which has brought much shame to the university’s dignified image.
The university has decided that outsiders found staying inside the hostel will cause the initiation of criminal cases against the student found guilty of entertaining and allowing illegal boarders. Criminal proceedings against the students will automatically mean that they will be subjected to punishment under law if found guilty under proven charges.
P K Mishra, Utkal University’s postgraduate council chairman said, “The event of non-boarders inside hostel rooms has indeed become a big trouble for us. We need to check this arrogant breaking of rules by the students. From now on, we will file a criminal case of breach of trust against any student who is found allowing outsiders staying in his room.”
Mishra said the students have been asked to give statements via affidavits where they will affirm that they will not keep outside boarders in their rooms failing which they may call upon the initiation of a criminal case against themselves. The hostel superintendents have been asked to keep a strict vigil in the hostel compound in order to keep a tab on the original students belonging to the hostel and legally entitled to the university’s hostel facilities.
Mishra also added that there will be frequent crackdown which will be targeted at the outsiders. The surprise checks will be initiated in order to dispense out any outsider found illegally staying inside the hostel compound. With passing time, the checks are expected to get more frequent and harsher.
Mishra also stated that the hostel staff will also have to bear the responsibility of any outsider is found staying inside the hostel. This act will convey their negligence in official duty. The overall responsibility though will lie with the students whom Mishra urged to raise voices on finding outsiders residing inside the hostel. He also plans to initiate awareness campaigns to make the students understand the cons of the event of things in case of a breach of conduct on their behalf.
Sources reveal that most of the occupants are alumni who have stayed in the hostel well past their legal exercise. They did not leave the hostel on completing their academic course and are still staying in the hostel by sharing rooms with existing students. They are mostly preparing for competitive exams or staying back for campus politics. The students on the other hand earn a lump sum ranging from Rs 20000 to Rs 24000.