The two largest institutions of higher learning in Rangpur, Begum Rokeya University and Carmichael College, have experienced a severe housing crisis.
As many as 1,600 children are getting accommodation facilities against about 40,000 students of the two institutions. The rest have to spend big money in the mess house. Which is affecting the family.
About 6,500 students study at Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur. There are 646 seats allotted in two halls for boys and one for girls. About one hundred percent of the students of this institution come from different districts of the country to study.
On the other hand, if they do not get a place to stay, they have to stay in their relatives’ house as a mesbari or in a rented mesbari as an alternative. Which is affecting the family.
The construction of a state-of-the-art student hostel with 10 floors of one thousand seats has been stopped for more than two years. But the university administration claims that the new housing system is not going to be built due to the space crisis.
Nuruzzaman Khan, a student advisor at Begum Rokeya University, said work on the university’s Sheikh Hasina Hall was still incomplete. Work has been hampered due to various irregularities and corruption.
Begum Rokeya University Proctor Golam Rabbani said, “If the Prime Minister had given us some more space, we could have planned to build some more houses with his help.”
On the other hand, the oldest Carmichael College with more than 30,000 students is facing a severe housing crisis. There are two vacant transfers in 9 halls, two abandoned and 984 people in 5 halls.
Rangpur Carmichael College Vice-Chancellor Prof. Roseanne said there is not enough housing. In that case many students may be studying in the mess, renting a house or even from a relative’s house. Housing did not increase in proportion to the increase in the number of students.
Hundreds of mesbari have been built in Kolejpara, Sardarpara, Lalbagh, Chawkbazar, Ghaghatpara, Babupara and Darshana areas of the city centered on two educational institutions. Where students have to live with various crises even with rent starting from Tk 800 to Tk 5,000.