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DU hostels to be ready for the upcoming academic session

Though delayed,the two girls’ hostels of Delhi University will be ready in time for the upcoming academic session.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi | Published: June 28, 2011 2:27:20 am

Hostels to have buses to ferry students; fee and admission process are yet to be finalised

Though delayed,the two girls’ hostels of Delhi University will be ready in time for the upcoming academic session. The hostels are on the same premises in Dhaka,Mukherjee Nagar,and are expected to be ready for occupation by mid-August.

University Proctor H P Singh said the construction of the 800-capacity post-graduate hostel will complete first. “The RITES (Rail India Technical and Economics Services) is the consultant for the project,which is slightly delayed. The post-graduate hostel,named after Rajiv Gandhi,will be ready first,by June-end,” he said.

This is the first time the University will open a hostel for undergraduate students. Till now,all University’s hostels are for post-graduate students.

A note posted at the construction site said the date of completion of the Rajiv Gandhi Hostel was May 31,while that of the UG girls’ hostel is June 30.

Singh said the construction of the 700-capacity hostel for UG girls will be over by mid-July,and will require one month for furnishing. “We are in the process of finalising tenders for the mess and furniture,” he said. When ready,the hostels will have buses to ferry students to colleges and Metro stations.

The University is in the process of finalising the admission procedure to the UG hostel. It has been decided that 47 colleges will be allowed to send 15 students each to the hostel. “We have not yet decided how the quota (reservation) system will apply to these hostels,but we have drawn up a list of 47 colleges who can send students to the UG hostel,” said Singh.

The Proctor did not name colleges,but hinted that they have been selected on a need-basis. Off-campus colleges also make the list,and it is likely that colleges without a hostel will be given preference. “The prospectus for these hostels will be out mid-July. The mode of application is yet to be decided: whether students can apply to colleges,which will then send a list of 15 to us; or whether they can apply to the hostel directly,” said Singh.

The fee for these hostels has also not been decided yet,but Singh said that DU was studying the fee structure of college hostels,and that the amount is likely to be an “average” of that. “We are going to heavily subsidise it,as with all services provided by the University,” he said.

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