Delhi University provides nationwide education. Students from different states come to study at Delhi University and other universities. During admission time, students from different state starts finding PG accommodation near the north campus of Delhi University.
This year, due to coronavirus pandemic, students already residing in PG went to their hometown in the month of March. For Delhi University, this year the admission procedure will be through online mode. This decision is taken because it is not safe for students to come to the college for admission procedures. So this year, the whole process, starting from registration to documentation, everything would be through the digital route.
STUDENTS HAVE GONE TO THEIR HOMETOWNS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CRISES
There is no clarity when the universities would reopen. So PG holders do not expect students to come before September. Rajpal Singh provides PG accommodation to boys and girls for the past 16 years in Hudson Lane. He had to vacate the buildings on rent which he used for lending students as PG. He said that the electricity bill and maintenance cost is adding to his loss. Only 4 students are staying there. Students have gone back to their hometowns. Students during their vacations used to go back to their homes. At that time, students from DU hostels used to come and live here. Now, due to the coronavirus crises, it cannot be said that when they are going to return or whether they would opt to reside in PG.
STUDENTS WILL NOT RETURN TILL SEPTEMBER
Sandhya Singh is running girls PG for seven years in Vijay Nagar. She said that she received only five calls this year. At this time of the year, they used to be very occupied in picking up inquiry calls and bookings. She said that she accommodate around 100 students every year. This year she received only four to five calls. Students will not return until September. She further added that due to social distancing, students would not be choosing triple or four sharing rooms.
PG HOLDERS ARE VACATING RENTAL BUILDINGS
Nobody expected such a worsening situation. They hoped that things will get normalized until admission time. For now, even if students opt for PG, they will not go for triple sharing rooms. Everybody is cautious about the current pandemic conditions. Even PG holders cannot plan or think something until they start receiving inquiries or bookings. PG has been vacant since March and no freshers have come till now. PG holders are now vacating rental buildings to cover their losses.
THERE WILL BE NO DEMAND OF TRIPLE OR FOUR SHARE ROOMS
Shankul Sharma runs PG in Kamla Nagar, Hudson Lane, and Vijay Nagar. 90 percent of accommodation in his PG was by students. Out of this accommodation, 60 percent were freshers. Singh said that every year 60 percent of students are freshers and rest are second or third-year students. There are many students who do short term courses in Delhi. She has to let go of the buildings she had taken upon rent to use as PG. Some are understanding and adjusts with them. Parents will be concerned about their children to send them to PG. They will not take the risk. According to her, there will be no demands of triple sharing rooms. Students will opt double sharing rooms.