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HCU Students say ‘forced’ to vacate hostel, V-C denies

While some students called it a systematic bid to target those who had taken on the administration in the recent protests, the university also pointed out water shortage on the campus.

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Hyderabad Central University students (photo for representational purpose).

There was a fresh standoff at HCU after several students claimed they were being forced to vacate hostel rooms. Students alleged that hostel wardens, accompanied by 10-15 security guards, were entering hostel rooms and issuing ultimatums to go home and return after summer vacations.

The administration, however, said only students who had completed their semesters were being asked to leave.

While some students called it a systematic bid to target those who had taken on the administration in the recent protests, the university also pointed out water shortage on the campus.

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On Wednesday evening, several students protested inside the office of Chief Warden Dr G Nagaraju and refused to leave without an assurance that they will not be asked to vacate their hostels. “They are saying they have to renovate some of the hostels but that can be done even if the students are around. It is unfair because many students are preparing for entrance tests or doing project work. Some students have been asked to move to rooms in different hostels where they may not easily accept the newcomer even though it is temporary,’’ said T Charan, a Masters student. Kiran Kumar Goud, a first-year MPhil student, said he was asked to vacate his room in men’s Hostel-L.

Students claimed that nearly 400 students had been asked to leave by Thursday.

Vice-chancellor Prof P Appa Rao denied all allegations: “We had informed all students who do not have any research work or project or entrance tests to vacate hostels by May 2 and go home.

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“We did not ask any research scholar or MTech student to leave. We had informed students that those who wish to stay should apply for permission through their departments. If a student wishes to study for an entrance test or JRF test and wants to stay, all he or she has to do is fill up the form and show the hall-ticket or certificate. Over 200 students had applied and we have given permission to each one.”