Hindu Hostel students call for citizens' convention tomorrow

Report by: 
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata
8 Oct 2018

Students of Presidency University who have been on an indefinite   hunger strike demanding accommodation in the under construction Hindu Hostel have called a citizens' convention tomorrow at the hostel to highlight their issues. Distinguished alumni of the university including Gyanpith award wining poet Shankho Ghosh, author Nabaneeta Dev Sen, have been invited to attend the convention, according to Anit Vaidya, one of the agitating students.
As many as 60 students of the university who are boarders of Hindu Hostel have been on hunger strike which has entered 7th day today.
``We have been undergoing this trauma for quite some time now and we have decided to take this step and we hope it will help draw the attention of people concerned,'' Vaidya told the Echo of India.
Regarding the PWD's assurance  that two blocks  of the hostel would be ready by November 15, Vaidya said it was all a vague assurance. ``They said the blocks would be ready but they did not say they would be ready for accommodation,'' Vaidya further said.
Hindu Hostel, had been shut down for repairs on July 29, 2015 and 150 boarders were shifted to a rented accommodation at New Town. Since they found it hard for commuting between the hostel and the university and faced other problems they demanded that the new hostel be ready soon for accommodation.
They have made the corridors of the university as their temporary hostel and had even forced the authorities to shift the convocation from the campus to Nandan.