MUZAFFARABAD - The students of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir University, especially the girl, are facing severe problems due to lack of hostels in both the city and Chehla campuses.

The female students, particularly those belonging to different parts of the country, are finding it hard even to continue their course of studies.

According to the university management, around 40,000 students from all across the country including those from Gilgit/Baltistan study at the University, out of which a majority is female students.

While the university is able to lodge only 60 female students, the rest are forced to take up accommodation in private hostels and some, due to lack of proper educational and residential facilities, have already quit the university.

Talking to media, students said that it is very difficult for them to reside in private hostels because the high rents not only upset their budgets but the lack of facilities also affects their academic performance. They also said that although multiple applications requesting accommodation have been submitted to the university’s administration, no action has been taken by the authorities.