The newcomers to Punjab Agricultural University this year have a reason to cheer. After having faced an acute shortage of hostel facilities for almost four years now,the university has brushed up many of its unused facilities to create some space.
The shortage was so acute that the university had to mention it in its prospectus that securing admission to the university will not ensure a hostel seat too. There were many factors that led to a severe crisis on this front. While some of PAU hostels were given to GADVASU after it was formed and introduction of new courses,PAU did not have enough funds to maintain old hostels and build new ones.
This year things have changed. We had some 52 single-room flats lying vacant in type 10. These were a part of 104 such flats but almost half were lying unused. We renovated these flats which now can adjust some 104 girls here,with two girls sharing one room. At the same time,we are working on other things also like the Pavte House,where only single women teachers will be allowed to stay and the couples will be asked to move out. This will also ensure more space for our NRI students. We have a lot of NRI students coming to PAU for various courses and need to create more facilities, said PAU Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon.
He said as far as the Punjab government is concerned,they have given us the funds they had promised. But we need to create more avenues of funding. For making new hostels,we are looking for funds from the ICAR and I hope we will be successful in that. We have faced a setback on this front,for we had issued tenders for making a new hostel on the campus of College of Home Science. The tender had been allocated to a person and had the work progressed on time,this hostel would have been ready for use. However,the contractor ran away.
Dhillon said the work on this hostel would start very soon and the hostel would be ready in the next three to four months. Till that time we will request the girls to stay together,three girls can stay in one room for some months and when the hostel is ready,they could return to the original number of two in one room, he added.