St Stephen’s College, Delhi University is the first college that recently reopened its hostels for students. Hence, it has been quite a while that students have started to accommodate in the hostels even though the DU colleges are yet to reopen. Around 150 students have already returned to St Stephen’s hostel till date.
However, about 70 percent of the students are first-years who cannot wait to start their college lives. A lot of them had been battling poor internet connection at homes which hurdled their studies. Hence, they decided to return.
When did St Stephen’s college reopen its hostels?
The college reopened its hostels on 10th January 2021. Hence, the students have been coming in small batches since then. Renish Abraham, the bursar of the college said that students of any year will be allowed to return.
Preparations made by St Stephen’s College for students return:
Two out of the six residences have been turned into quarantine centers. A mandatory quarantine of 14 days is necessary for all the returning students. However, the duration has now been reduced to 6 days. Also, movement outside the hostel campus is restricted.
Each residence house is guided to have only 42 students. However, earlier they had 66 students each. All the rooms are modified into single occupancy rooms. An isolation center has also been established.
One of the hostel students at St Stephen’s said that they were made to quarantine for a week. Hence, the college had a separate block for quarantine and each returning student was allotted a separate room. The students also get their food at the doorstep of their hostel rooms now. However, earlier they went to the mess and interacted with others.
One of the hostel student reported that the internet connection in the college is poor. Hence, they have complained to the college as students have to appear for their exams.