Kunar university students demand hostel facility
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Students of the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University in eastern Kunar province complain about lack of hostel and other facilities on the campus.
Some 4,500 students have been studying in the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University, with hundreds more fresh high school graduates making it to the higher education institute this year after passing the university entrance test.
Abdul Qadir, second year student of the agriculture and livestock faculty, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday that he and several other fellows were eligible for hostel, but the university administration was not giving them that facility or any other means of subsistence.
“I can’t afford going back home every day or rent a room in the city. If not assisted, I may not complete my education,” said the resident of Narang district, which is 15 to 20 kilometres from Asadabad, the provincial capital.
But according to the university’s policy, students living at a minimum distance of 35km from the university are eligible for hostel facility.
Bahar Ali, a student of the education and training faculty, said he was from Khogyani district of neighbouring Nangarhar province. He said he had filled out the form to apply for hostel and hoped he would be granted a room.
He said the hostel should be provided with facilities like electricity, clean drinking water, the internet and others.
Fourth year student at the Computer Science faculty, Attiqullah, said the big problem on the campus was insufficient supply of electricity.
He said the university was supplied electricity for a few hours a day and most of the time the power remained suspended.
Ustad Mir Ahmad Hamid, the university chancellor, said they had provided hostel facility to 1,000 students. He said there were more students who needed hostel, but the university could not accommodate them.
Hamid said students who were unable to be granted rooms in the hostel were monthly given 1,848 afghanis per month in return.
The chancellor said the Ministry of Higher Education had introduced 1401 new students for admission through the university entrance test for the new academic year. He said the fresh students included 50 girl students.
He said the university had no exclusive hostel facility for girls, but the girls could use the building of a department as hostel.
Higher Education Minister Farida Momand, while inaugurating the hostel for boys on the campus, had promised the construction of a hostel for girls in the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University.
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