A cow conservation and research center at the Hansraj College of Delhi University has sparked the ire of students, who say it was set up on a site set aside for a women’s hostel. College director Rama Sharma said there is a single cow in the center to enable students to conduct research and that it is not a ‘gaushala’ (cow shelter).
“The architects had seen the land and told us that it is a setback and that a hostel cannot be built on it. The women’s hostel is my dream project and the architects will analyze a suitable place for it,” she said. The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) unit of Hansraj College claimed that a “gaushala,” named Swami Dayanand Cow-Protection and Research Center was built on the site reserved for a women’s hostel.
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“While colleges were closed due to the pandemic, our college board demanded full payment of tuition even though most of our families faced economic hardship.
Now imagine our surprise to learn that while the campus is closed, the college has completed construction of a full-fledged ‘gaushala’ without any warning or discussion with the student community,” they claimed. ‘gaushala’ would be demolished and construction of the long-awaited women’s hostel would begin.
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