Srinagar: The hostel authorities at the University of Kashmir have stoked a controversy by demanding mess fee from students who have already paid it once, KDC reported on Friday.
With the university reopening partially for offline classes, the hostel-boarding students are in distress as they are being demanded 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 say they will refund the amount later but at present, the students will have to pay the mess fee again which, according to the students, is “totally unfair and utter injustice with them.”
“Why can’t they utilize the funds already paid by the students. They are just on a spree to loot us.” said a student who is boarding one of the four girlsʼ hostels at the university.
Pertinently, the university was shut for all the classwork, and hostels were closed as well due to the lockdown imposed after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
When contacted, Registrar Kashmir University, Dr Nissar, said that the mess fee will be adjusted if students had paid it already.
“I’ll pass the necessary directions to hostel authorities tomorrow”, he said. (KDC)