In order to overcome shortage in hostel facility at Panjab University (PU),authorities have planned to set up a separate hostel for PhD scholars in the south campus at Sector 25. With this,the officials will also channelise the allotment of hostel seats to different students.
At present,there are over 200 PhD students residing in different hostels in the university. The key idea behind allotting these research scholars in separate hostel is to provide them with a conducive environment to pursue their research. The senior students will be able to pass on their knowledge on research techniques to their juniors, Vice-Chancellor (V-C) R C Sobti said.
With consistent increase in courses and subsequent inflow of students,the demand for hostel rooms has gone up in the last few years. Authorities even receive requests for rooms from senior government officials and members of senate.
The completion of Boys Hostel and two floors of the new Girls hostel in south campus will bring respite to the students in the new academic session. A separate hostel for foreign students is also being set up in the south campus.
In Boys Hostel No. 8,rooms on two of the floors have already been allotted,while the third floor is under construction. The building of Girls Hostel No. 9 is under construction.
The authorities claim that by the end of the current academic session (in June) the boys hostel will be ready and rooms in two of the floors in girls hostels will be allotted.
The authorities have also planned to shift the students from University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and Dr H S Judge Institute of Dental Sciences – the departments with the highest student strength to the new hostels.
Including the new hostels,there will be a total of seventeen hostels including eight for boys and nine for girls inside the campus. The number of the applications received for girls hostels,last year,was nearly three times the number of seats available. The number and ratio of hostel seats allotted to various departments are based on the strength and prevalent male female ratio in that particular department.