Panjab University is planning a dedicated hostel for women research scholars on its Sector-25 campus. Though no deadline was yet given, dean, student welfare, Navdeep Goyal said, "I have asked the construction department to submit an estimate for a hostel at the earliest. We plan to have 150-200 rooms depending on the availability of space."
The university has more than 2,500 research scholars in different streams, and nearly 70% of them are women. PU plans to put the hostel's construction in this fiscal's budget so that it could be built at the earliest.
"The idea is to give researchers their exclusive space. The hostel would have single-occupancy rooms for senior researchers and dual-sharing rooms for junior fellows," Goyal said.
PU Campus Student Council president Chandan Rana, a research scholar himself, welcomed the move. "We need more such hostels for research scholars, for men as well as women. As the emphasis now is being laid on research activities at the university, it would provide proper environment," he said.
PU has recently opened a new girls' hostel with accommodation for 360 studnets on its south campus in Sector-25, taking the hostel facility capacity for female students to 3,600 on the campus. Work on a
new international hostel is also underway.