In order to keep their accommodation in the university hostel, hostel students of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be required to maintain 75 percent attendance in the class lectures. A new rule imposed by the Hostel authorities of the SPPU University.
The authorities are getting strict with the students of the hostel who are residing their but not following the rules.
Last week, authorities also issued a letter to all the department heads through which they are seeking the details of the students who are currently occupying the hostel rooms, along with their academic and attendance records.
In the letter authorities have asked the department heads to cancel the accommodation of the students who are violating the attendance conditions. The letter further said that no applications for the hostel accommodation would be accepted for the coming year.
The letter said that every year number of applicants for the hostel exceeds the hostel capacity and as a result the university is facing repeated RTI applications by the students regarding the hostel availability.
The university issued a circular which reads "Those students who were not able to get hostel accommodation or have to stay on as ‘guestsʼ, have been making repeated inquiries about the attendance record of the students currently staying in hostels but do not have 75 per cent attendance. They have moved several RTI requests…"
T D Nikam, rector of the hostel, said that due to cheap accommodation facilities students do not want to leave the hostel at any cost. The annual hostel fee is INR 2500 and mess fee is close to 650 per month.
Nikam said, “The hostels come at such subsidized rates that students do not want to leave them at any cost. But then students who were not able to get in, complain about the students who are occupying rooms but not serious about academics and their priorities are different. Hence, we asked departments to send us attendance records of students of the year 2016-2017, who are now in their second year of hostel accommodation.”