| People from the Northeast,who fled Bangalore after rumours of attacks, arrive at Guwahati railway station. File picture |
Shillong, Sept. 3: The North Eastern Council (NEC) will fund a Rs 32.14-crore project to construct a hostel for students of the region studying at Bangalore University.
The construction of the hostel, which will accommodate around 1,700 students, will be carried out by the engineering wing of Bangalore University on the Jnana Bharathi main campus along Mysore Road. The construction area is around 39,900 square metres.
The hostel, which will be divided into two blocks for girls and boys, will be equipped with facilities like an indoor stadium, rainwater harvesting, solar water heater system and CCTVs. Adequate security will be provided for the safety of the students.
Speaking to reporters at the NEC office here, the council secretary, U.K. Sangma, said the university senate had recently approved the proposal. One of the conditions put forward by the council was that the university should provide land free of cost.
In fact, the NEC had mooted the idea of constructing a hostel at Bangalore University in 2008.
Bangalore University registrar B.C. Mylarappa, who was also present during the news conference, said there were around 9,000 students from the Northeast studying in the different colleges affiliated to the university. He said the university was the biggest in the Asia.
The Karnataka government was also pleased with the idea of constructing such a hostel, he added.
The NEC secretary said the possibility of constructing similar hostels in Mumbai, Pune and Mysore would be explored in the future.
Besides, the NEC has initiated the work on the construction of a 500-capacity girls’ hostel in Delhi University together with the Union ministry of tribal affairs at a cost of Rs 23.33 crore.
A 501-capacity working women’s hostel was been constructed at Jasola, Delhi, in association with the Union ministry of women and child development at a cost of Rs 17.44 crore.
The construction of a 500-capacity women’s hostel on south campus of Delhi University for students of the region is under way.
For the safety of working women of the region in Delhi, U.K. Sangma said Delhi police have issued instructions to call centre companies to drop their employees in front of their respective residences.