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KU students say ‘stale food’ being served to them

KU students say ‘stale food’ being served to them
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Allege non seriousness of varsity officials to improve hostel conditions

Srinagar: The hostel boarders of Sheikhul Alam Boys hostel in Zakura Campus of Kashmir University (KU) on Saturday alleged non availability of facilities in the hostel.
The students assembled at Sir Syed gate of the varsity at around 10 am last night and staged nocturnal protests. The students continued their protest today and assembled outside VC Secretariat.
The students said they are not provided hygiene food and the washrooms and mess are poorly maintained by the authorities.
“No hygiene is maintained in our hostel mess and food served to the hostel boarders is also not up to the mark,” the protesting students said.
The students said people working in mess have been given a free hand to run the hostel as per their own will.
“Hostel boarders are not in any consideration of the management here,” they said.
They also complained of “indifferent” attitude of hostel authorities saying that they have been putting forth their grievance with the concerned officials “but in vain.”
Notably, the KU hostel often remains in news over unhygienic conditions of mess and food served to students.
“There is no provision to supply safe, potable drinking water,” said a protesting student, adding that the condition of mess is pathetic.
Chief proctor of the varsity, Naseer Iqbal confirmed that students staged night protest till morning and said the administration will look into the issue.
“We didn’t let students feel alone. Me and other officials remained here with students for the whole night,” he said.
He said the protesting students are being persuaded to end their protest but they didn’t get convinced.
A top official in varsity however, said the Vice Chancellor (VC) Kashmir University Prof Talat Ahmad convened a meeting with officials and cancelled the contract of the concerned contractor.
“The students will manage the mess affairs themselves,” the official said.

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