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Pune’s first govt hostel for girls awaits land clearance

While eight other locations have already been cleared for construction,Deccan college poona trust is still in two minds.

Written by Ardhra Nair | Published: May 21, 2013 1:37:19 am

With an aim to encouraging girls to attend secondary and higher secondary classes,the government has sanctioned building of nine girls hostels across the state.

The government announced its decision in April this year,considering the dwindling number of girls who actually attend classes in the secondary and higher secondary levels.

However,of the nine locations considered for the girls’ hostels,the one in Pune is yet to be cleared for construction. This despite due correspondence from the Higher Education department and pressure from the minister himself.

“The proposal for purchase of the land (in Pune) has been sent to the DCPT (Deccan College Poona Trust,located very close to Deccan College). But we are yet to receive any kind of correspondence from their end. We have also received a letter from Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope,asking us to expedite the clearance process,” said a senior official from the department of Higher Education.

“Once we get the consent letter,a construction plan and an estimate will be drawn out,the budget fixed and construction initiated,” the official added.

The hostel that has been proposed to be built in Pune will have a capacity of 500 students. According to the government’s resolution, a budget of Rs 18 crore has been set aside for this hostel.

“This would be the first hostel for girls in Pune that is owned and administered solely by the government. This will encourage parents to send their girls to pursue higher education in cities like Pune without any fear. This will also help reduce drop-out rates among girls in higher education,” Director of Higher Education P R Gaikwad said.

When contacted,chairperson of the trust Wasudev Gade said,“It is true that we have not responded to the letter (sent by the Education department). In fact,we are still undecided on whether or not to give the consent at all.

“We have called a special meeting of all the members of the trust on June 7. At this meeting,we’ll decide on whether or not to give the land,how much we are going to charge for that and other related issues,” he added.

Other places where the hostels will come up are Mumbai,Aurangabad,Jalgaon,Nanded,Solapur,Panvel,Gadchiroli and Jalna. The total capacity of all these hostels taken together will be 1,770.

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