GMC nursing students suffer for lack of hostel

GMC nursing students suffer for lack of hostel
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Nazima Sidiq                               
Srinagar: Students pursuing bachelor’s degree course at Government Nursing College, Shireen Bagh Srinagar complain that they are facing hardships for want of hostel facility.
“We are failing to understand if there is a full-fledged hostel block meant for girl students pursuing bachelor’s degree in the college then why don’t authorities provide it to us,” a group of students told Kashmir Reader.
A student asking not to be named said they were forced by the college authorities to have private accommodation outside the college “which besides being unsafe for girls, is costlier.”
“Many times we approached GMC principal to provide us the hostel facility but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” the students said adding that they fail to understand why the hostel was not utilized and the students were being made to suffer.
Showing his train tickets, another student said she has to leave home as early as 7am to board a train so as to attend class on time. “Most of the days I miss my morning class because of the long distance I have to travel,” she said.
Moreover, the female students of the college alleged that they were forced to take classes even during the days of turmoil in the valley. They said that they were promised accommodation in the student hostel but were denied the facility later on and were asked to go for accommodation outside the college.
An official of the college, not authorized to speak to media expressed helplessness over the issue, and blamed the government for the problem.
“How can we provide hostel to the girl students as there is neither security nor any other facility which has to be in a hostel.  Government is not taking any action. Many times we approached higher authority but they don’t pay any heed,” he said on the condition of anonymity.
The hostel meant for female students is located on the top floor of the Nursing College but officials say that the presence of MRI Section on the second floor of the same building brings in a lot of crowd making the location unsafe for  a girls hostel.
Despite repeated requested, Principal, GMC, Srinagar, Dr Qaiser Ahmed refused to comment on the issue.