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When hostels turn hovels


Not all is well with a system that leaves students cooped up in filthy quarters that pass off as hostels. The continuing abysmal state of hostels run by the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department needs attention, and action, now

N. Selvaraj, who now teaches in a college affiliated to the University of Delhi, stayed in the hostel run by the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department (ADTWD) in Royapuram, Chennai, when he was doing his master’s in economics at the University of Madras, back in 2001.

“The hostel used to be in squalor, lacking even basic infrastructure like ...


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