Panjab University has sought around Rs 12 crore from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the proposed girls' hostel in South Campus. The varsity has generated around Rs 10 crore for the Rs 22-crore project and tenders have been floated for the project.
Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal said that they had have written to the UGC for providing financial assistance under the scheme of construction of women's hostel in universities under the 12th Five-year Plan. All universities under the purview of the UGC are eligible to get financial assistance under this scheme.
To avail funds under the scheme, the varsity is required to submit a proposal for construction of women's hostel to UGC after obtaining approval from the building committee. As per the requirement of the scheme, the building committee has to be constituted as per UGC guidelines on general development assistance.
18 hostels accommodate 6,000 students at PU
At present, there are 18 hostels on the campus, eight for boys and nine for girls, and one working women's hostel, accommodating more than 6,000 students, but the applications received for hostel accommodation are always much higher than the number of rooms available, leaving a large number of students disappointed.
There are around 100 departments in the university with law, UILS, UIET and dental sciences having the maximum student strength.
"We are committed to providing accommodation to as many students as possible," the DSW said.
The scheme details
The first installment, equal to 25% of the grant allocated, will be released only after a request from the university is received, along with details on the enrolment of female students and the building committee's resolution, intimating the approval of plan and the estimate cost.
The second installment, equal to25% of grant allocated, will be released only when 70% of the first installment is utilised and the third installment, equal to 40% of grant allocated, will be released only when the second installment is utilised and progress report of the expenditure submitted in the prescribed pro forma.
The remaining 10% will be released on receipt of the completion documents, which include audited utilisation certificate, audited statement of income and expenditure, assets certificate, completion certificate and completion cost pro forma.