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Delhi University (DU), with its ever-increasing number of outstation students, will be adding two more hostels for girls. While Maharaja Agrasen College (MAC), in east campus, will open its hostel to students from the current academic session, Hindu College in north campus, which has a boys' hostel only, is trying to speed up plans for the pending construction to begin this year. MAC is the first east Delhi college to have a hostel utility. It will open its new girls' hostel with a capacity of 60-100 students in the coming session. "It was important to have a hostel utility as none of the colleges located in this zone have a hostel of their own. We have plans for building a boys' hostel next year," says Sunil Sondhi, principal, MAC.
However, the new hostel building of Hindu College, for which the University Grants Commission (UGC) sanction came way back in 2007, was still in the pipeline due to clearance pending from various government agencies. "The girls' hostel is on my priority list as 50% of students in the college are girls. It is one of the oldest colleges in the university, and with the number of women-students increasing over the years, a hostel for girls is a necessity," says Pradumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College. The hostel plan includes modern facilities like rooms equipped with latest infrastructure, wi-fi connection, indoor sports utility, a mini library and a computer room. Adding to this, Kumar says, we will request UGC to increase the budget to add on to the basic facilities in the new hostel.
The number of girl-students enrolling at the university has increased for a number of factors. Over the last few years, the trend has been of more girls from out of Delhi applying for admission as well as the fact that girls have been scoring better in the CBSE exams for sometime now. College authorities are awaiting final clearance from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), for the upcoming hostel, which will be able to accommodate about 100 students. "Construction for the new building is expected to begin by September-end and it must be ready for the session beginning in 2014. We are speeding up the process of receiving clearance so that the work can start on time," adds Kumar.
Courtesy: Times of India
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