Delhi is set to have two more 500-seat hostels for girls from the northeast either studying or working in the national capital. While one hostel for working women is being inaugurated this month, another to house tribal girls from the region is under construction.
Besides these two hostels, one 500-seat girls’ hostel, funded by the Union DoNER ministry, is already functional on the North campus of Delhi University.
The working women’s hostel at Jasola in Delhi will be inaugurated this month. “This will be of great help for the working women from the region both in terms of safety and comfort,” Union DoNER minister Bijoy Krishma Handique has said.
The Jasola hostel is funded by the DoNER ministry through the North Eastern Council (NEC) in association with Union ministry of women and child development. The Rs 17.44-crore project has 25 per cent share of NEC, while land cost for the hostel is shared between NEC and Union ministry of Women and Child Development on a 50-50 basis.
Handique, an MP from Assam, recently urged minister of state for women and child development Krishna Tirath to make the hostel functional at the earliest.
Another hostel for tribal girls from the northeast is now under construction on the Delhi University campus and is expected to be completed by March, 2012. The hostel, to be named Rajiv Gandhi Girls Hostel, will accommodate 500 tribal girls studying in Delhi. It is located at Dhaka Housing Complex of University of Delhi on Banda Bahadur Marg.
Officials here said this hostel is being constructed at Rs.23.33 crore and is a joint venture of NEC and the Union ministry of tribal affairs on a 60:40 basis. The NEC has already released Rs 11.50 crore for the project, officials added.
Every year, over 10,000 undergraduate students from outside Delhi take admission in colleges affiliated to the Delhi University. The institute does not have enough hostels for all students and most of them had to stay either in rented accommodation or private paying guest houses.
The DoNER ministry took up the projects in a bid to provide NE students who reach Delhi to pursue higher education. Though some Delhi colleges have hostels, the intake capacity is limited, accommodating less than 20 per cent of applicants. Of the 13 hostels available for undergraduate students in Delhi University, 11 are on its North campus and two are situated outside.