DU Female Students having Seat Crisis
More than half of the female students of Dhaka University (DU) do not have residential facilities. And the number of students is growing. As a result, housing and other crisis are growing.
Most of the students come from rural area facing difficulties due to not getting accommodation facilities. The cost rising due to travel from outside of the university, such as they have concerns about safety.
The total number of students in Dhaka University is more than 37 thousand. Among them, 40 percent, that means more than 14 thousand female students studying at the university. Among them, the number of resident students is 6 thousand 344 hundred.
There are a total of 19 residential halls at the university. There are four hostels. Among them, only five residential halls and two hostels are allocated for female students.
Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique said that the students have not been able to stay in university halls have to spend a lot for living outside. The housing crisis of the university students have administratively in priority. But, there is no space to build new halls. So, we are trying to save space through breaking the old halls and increasing at the top.
A first-year student of DU, Sraboni Dutta did not get seat in hall. The Chittagong girl Sraboni has no relatives in Dhaka. As a result, she has to stay in a private hostel in Dhanmondi. She has to spend seven thousand taka per month for seat and food expenditure. And there are other expenses.
Sraboni Dutta said, “It costs a lot to stay outside of the university as well as the lack of security there.” She applied for the seat in Rokeya Hall, now looking forward to get a call.
Rokeya Hall resident students has to spend a very little for seat rent. Some students of the Rokeya Hall said, the meal cost also a smaller amount. WiFi internet access, cyber cafe, laundry, reading room, library and other facilities are available for a little cost. Nawab Faizunnesa Chowdhurani Mohila Hostel started in 1994 for MPhil and PhD degree students.
The female students are living in Shamsunnahar Hall, Bangladesh Kuwait Friendship Hall, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall, Kobi Sufia Kamal Hall, Nawab Faizunnesa Chowdhurani Mohila Hostel, Shaheed Athlete Sultana Kamal Hostels (Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology).
The majority of students have to share a bed with others due to the lower seat capacity in the halls. The opportunity to get single room is come in fourth year. Most of the halls have gono-room or guest room. The general students have to burn a lot of wood-straw to get a seat in the hall. Giving seats on the basis of political status is a new issue has become acute.
A resident student of Kobi Sufia Kamal Hall said, a majority of small-town students are coming to study in Dhaka University. Students from Dhaka are studying in private universities or they have family home in Dhaka. As a result, the small-town students are in jeopardy, especially the girls. Their accommodation is necessary.
Part-time resident teacher of Rokeya Hall Rawshan Aktar said, an individual building named “7 March” is in working progress in the Rokeya Hall. When the building is finished, more than double of the current students are able to get seats.
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