KU scholars made to ‘spend hours’ under open sky

Srinagar: The authorities in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) Jammu on Friday failed to arrange accommodation for Kashmir University (KU) scholars who were invited to attend an International Conference organised by the varsity on Friday.

Pertinently, around a dozen of PhD scholars who were invited for the event were left to fend for themselves as the authorities denied accommodation to them in guest house.

“The function was over in late afternoons and we were not provided any accommodation in guest house,” a group of female scholars from KU complained to this newspaper.

They alleged that the University authorities asked them to leave for home as the function  culminated before evening.

“With no accommodation, we spent half of the night in open,” the scholars said.

They informed this newspaper around 10 pm on Friday about their grievances and inconvenience caused by the University authorities.

“It is 10 pm in the night and the University is yet to provide us accommodation here. They want us to spend night in the open,” they said.

When this newspaper talked to University authorities, they acknowledged that the students were facing inconvenience as there was no accommodation available in the University guest house for them.

“We had limited accommodation in the guest house and we asked them to get adjusted in a room for a night,” an official from SMVDU said.

“But they are reluctant to go there. They are nine scholars.”

Later the University authorities met the aggrieved scholars during the late night hours who were sitting outside the campus building.

The authorities booked hotel accommodation for three scholars while as two were shifted to guest house and four were accommodated in the University hostel.

“We had to spent more than three hours in open during late night hours and then we were shifted to rooms,” they said. “We faced huge inconveniences here,” alleged the scholars.

Meanwhile, the officials from University said that they tried their best to provide a comfortable accommodation to the scholars who had come here for participating in an event.

“There was no irresponsibility on our part but the number of guests was more than the accommodation available with us. But we hired hotel rooms for KU scholars who had some grievances regarding the accommodation,” the official said.



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