It is not the duty of university to provide accommodation : Delhi HC

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A PIL was filled by Mr. Praveen Kumar Singh asking for directions to the Delhi University to provide accommodation to its students. In his petition the petitioner claimed that Section 33 of the Delhi University Act 1922 states that every student of the University shall reside in the College Hall or under such circumstances as prescribed by the ordinances, in literal reading of the above mentioned section it clearly shows that the university is under an obligation to ensure accommodation to all it students, the petitioner argued.

He had also prayed that since there are large number of students who are not provided with the housing facility and other assistance therefore if the university fails to provide accommodation to its students it should give them stipend of Rs. 10,000 and also the rent charges within 5 km radius of the University Campus shall be controlled and should be kept minimum so that maximum number of students could avail these benefits.

The bench comprising of Chief Justice Patel and Justice Shankar dismissed the above mentioned petition on the ground that there is no statutory obligation on the University to provide housing accommodation and such other facilities to the students under Section 33 of the act.

The literal interpretation which the petitioner mentioned is not maintainable as it is not economically viable and it will cost the University crores of rupees. However the court still urged the University to provide accommodation to the students with financial constraints but also the court clearly mentioned that it is not issuing any explicit directions for the same as construction of new hostels require budgeting and land allocation and the court cannot direct the University in this regard.

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