KU hostel reopening: Students in distress as authorities demand mess fee again

Srinagar, Feb 12: The hostel authorities at University of Kashmir have created a controversy again by demanding a mess fee from students who have already paid it once.

With university reopening partially for offline classes, the students boarding hostels are in distress as they are being demanded a mess fee again by the hostel authorities.

According to Kashmir University students guild the students availing hostel facility have already paid the fee and have some amount in their mess fee accounts but the authorities are saying they will refund the amount later but at present the students will have to pay again the mess fee, which according to the students is totally unfair and utter injustice with them.

While talking to news agency Kashmir Dot Com, one of the students boarding one of the four girl’s hostels said “why can’t they utilize the funds already paid by the students, they are just on a spree to loot us.

Pertinently the university was shut for all the classwork and hostels were closed as well with the onset of covid-19. As such students who could not reside in the hostels during the period had earlier demanded for the refund of the hostel fee, to which the authorities had replied that they will have to sort out how much time a student has stayed at the hostel before taking the demand into consideration”.

“It was all verbally from the provost and there hasn’t been anything worked out on the ground and they are yet to refund our fee”, said another student.

Registrar Kashmir University Dr Nissar told news agency KDC that the mess fee will be adjusted if student’s had paid it already, I’ll pass the necessary directions to hostel authorities tomorrow. (KDC)

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