Jamshedpur, Aug. 10: Adityapur-based National Institute of Technology (NIT) is all set to construct two new hostels to ensure accommodation for all its 3,000-odd students.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the two seven-storey buildings (G+6) — both are meant for boys — took place on the 320-acre campus in the presence of NIT director Rambabu Kodali today. The foundation ceremony will be held later this month.
To be built by the state building construction department at a total cost of Rs 82 crore, the hostels will be ready by December 2014 and will accommodate 700 students each. Spokesperson and senior faculty, NIT-Adityapur, Rajiv Bhushan said the new hostels would solve the problem of accommodating students to a great extent.
“Construction will be completed within 18 months. Each hostel will have a centralised, modular kitchen and every room will have a balcony,” said the spokesperson, on the sidelines of the groundbreaking ceremony.
Accommodation has always been a problem at this regional tech cradle, which was turned into a NIT in 2002. At present, the institute can accommodate only 1,800 undergraduate students at its nine hostels for boys and two for girls.
All of them are three-storey (G+2) buildings.
Postgraduate and MCA students are usually told to arrange for their stay outside the campus.
“Three students stay in a room with two beds, while four are put in a room meant for three persons. Yet, only half of the total number of students could find place in the hostels. Others are either forced to rent houses around the campus or seek a corner in already cramped rooms,” said a second-year student, who did not wish to be named.
Local students are denied hostel facilities, compelling them to travel long distances to attend classes, he added.
Nigam Prakash, professor in-charge of the civil work and the project management department, said, “The institution has earmarked Rs 150 crore for construction of the new hostels and renovation of the existing ones. The renovation, including roof treatment and other civil repair work, will be carried out simultaneously.”
He added there was a proposal to build a two-storey girls’ hostel in the near future.