Why PU can't evict illegal boarders

Illegal occupants at Patna University hostels, in focus because of the high court hearing a plea against them, are an old problem.

By Our Special Correspondent in Patna
  • Published 13.09.18
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A file picture of the Hathwa hostel

Patna: Illegal occupants at Patna University hostels, in focus because of the high court hearing a plea against them, are an old problem.

Chief Justice Mukesh R. Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar on Tuesday had asked the Patna University administration how illegal boarders get entry into the hostels.The bench also ordered that the hostel in-charges be present in court on Wednesday.

Accordingly, BN College main hostel superintendent D.N. Sinha, Hathwa hostel superintendent Manoj Kumar Sinha, Ranighat hostel superintendent Shiv Shankar Singh and Law College hostel in-charge Y.K. Verma appeared in court on Wednesday.

On several occasions earlier, the district administration on the instructions of Patna High Court had carried out drives to evict illegal boarders, but every time the outsiders returned. "The illegal boarders are alumni," a senior university teacher said on condition of anonymity.

"These students, who graduated from the university three to four years ago, are still occupying rooms. Many such students are associated with political parties so the university administration is hesitant to take action."

Sources said that thanks to the political connections, the PU administration is scared of even preparing a list of legal boarders at these hostels.

The police, on the other hand, say they cannot take action unless they get the list of genuine boarders from the varsity.

"Unless and until there is regular monitoring at these hostels the problem of illegal boarders will continue," said N.K Jha, dean, students' welfare, Patna University.

"The university administration along with the district administration will have to conduct regular checking - either weekly or monthly - to evict illegal boarders."

Like the varsity itself, Patna University hostels once boasted of top minds as boarders. The hostels produced many IAS and IPS officers. But like the varsity, all that remains of that golden era is nostalgia about it.