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    Poor hostel condition irks Kapisa students

    MAHMOOD RAQI (PAN): Students of Albironi University in central Kapisa province complain they are faced with problems due to the poor condition of their hostel, particularly bad condition of ceiling in a lot of hostel rooms.

    Ahmad Zeya, a second year student of literature faculty, said their faculty had a new building, but no attention has so far been paid to their hostel.

    He said they were unable to live in the hostel during summer and winter.  

    "Some of the rooms are too small, which cannot accommodate more students, while the rain water drips through cracks in the ceiling," he said.

    Tawabullah, a fourth year student of political science faculty, said the aging hostel rooms had musty smell, which caused them headache. He said they were unable to eat and drink in hostel rooms due to the smell.

    The university chancellor Associate Prof. Abdul Rashid Aziz said that students had been housed in a building of an old factory due to a lack of proper place.

    However, he said a new building for a hostel was being constructed on the university campus. The building would have the capacity to house 250 students, he said.

    Female students of the university have been provided with a hostel facility since 2009.

    Up to 3,000 students are studying in the university, with 1,500 of them living in hostel. Nearly 265 females are also getting education in the university.

    The higher education ministry spokesman, Abdul Azim Noor Bakhsh, said buildings for seven faculties of the university had already been constructed by the ministry.

    He said the Albironi University would have a new hostel building next year, when new class rooms would also be built.