University of Delhi, or DU, has asked students who reside in its hostels to collect their belongings from their rooms. “The bonafide residents residing in the University of Delhi maintained hostels who may have temporarily vacated their rooms are allowed to collect their books, study materials, laptop/computer and other essential personal belongings from their hostel rooms”, says a notice issued by the university proctor and dean of students’ welfare. DU suspended classes in mid-March.
The notice further added that residents under Person with Disability, or PwD, category can authorise any person on their behalf to collect their belongings. However, such authorised persons must carry with them authorisation letters from the PwD students, keys of the hostel room and produce valid photo identity cards at the security gate.
The Delhi University hostel residents, as per the notice, have to inform the individual hostels authorities in advance before visiting the hostels to collect the belongings. The residents or the authorised persons can reach the hostel gate and, according to the notice issued, the hostel authorities will help them in handing over the belongings of the students.
“The respective hostel shall allow the material to be taken under indemnity and at the sole risk of such residents of the hostel”, it added.
The hostel authorities and residents must maintain social distance, wear face masks and avoid any physical contact during the entire process of handing over of belongings. Sanitizers will also be available at the hostel gate.
With classes on hold and hostel residents at home due to the pandemic and the lockdown associated, administration of various educational institutes had asked their students to collect the belongings. Earlier in May, various universities of Assam including Assam University had asked their students to vacate their hostel rooms to make way for COVID-19 quarantine centres. Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, in similar lines, had told the students residing in the university hostels to vacate the rooms and return homes.