IIUI students face severe accommodation problems

Every year, the new enrolled-students of International Islamic University soon after securing admission in the University, are running from pillar to post in getting reasonable private bachelor hostel in the capital – having the required facilities on affordable charges within reach of the University campus as the University faces acute shortage of hostel.
A student from Mass Communication Department of the University, Salwa Iftikhar said that she had lived for more than three years at private hostels, saying that the charges of private rooms are out of reach of students. The private hostel charges per one bed are from Rs 8000 to 15000.
Abdul Qayum Kasuri a student’s of Management Sciences said that female students who come to Islamabad from various parts of the country with an aim to study at best educational institutions are forced to live in expensive private hostels outside the University due to lack of accommodation facility in the campus. Saima Noreen, another student said that the major problem is the limited number of seats in hostels for the female students. She said, “It is more difficult for a female student to study without hostel facility as parents very often do not allow girls to live in private hostels.”
The female students living in private hostels have to pay a hefty amount of rent but also had to face poor quality of food and water. The students urged the University to make the accomodation arrangement for them on priority basis.
According to an official of the University, it is not possible for the University to accommodate all the enrolled students due to shortage of hostels in the institution. However, he said that the University is planning to construct three more hostels for the students in the future. Provost Dr Sohaib Abdullah of IIUI Hostel said, the institution has just completed a project of the three new hostel s for female students and we believe that the accommodation facilities for female student’s student are quite necessary.
The PC-1 of new projects relating to boarding, facilities for female students are also under consideration. He said that, the universities, which are currently working without hostel facilities, should construct their hostels, because it is basic requirements, especially in case of female students.—APP

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