University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the Panjab University’s proposal to set up a 100-bed sports hostel for girls.
The commission has also sanctioned Rs 1.50 crore for the project under the development of sports infrastructure and equipment scheme of the 12th five-year plan.
The Panjab University (PU) had submitted a proposal for construction of the hostel to UGC after obtaining approval from the building committee.
A PU team, headed by finance and development officer (FDO), Vikram Nayyar, had met UGC officials on January 13 to discuss the proposal.
As per guidelines, a total of 5% seats are reserved for sports candidates in each of the 100 departments in the university.
However, at present there is no separate sports hostel at PU and girls enrolled under the sports quota are accommodated in the regular hostels.
There are 18 hostels on the campus, out of which only 9 are for girls while one is meant for working women.
These hostels receive applications from more number of students than can be accommodated, leaving many disappointed.
The new sports hostel for girls would come up on land earmarked for a regular girls’ hostel on the varsity’s Sector 25 south campus, said PU sports director, Dr Dalwinder Singh.
“The work is expected to start in the next few months,” he said, adding that the hostel will be equipped well to meet all the requirements of sportspersons.
The university has also has sought financial assistance of around Rs 12 crore from UGC for a regular girls’ hostel.
For the sports hostel, of the total grant of Rs 1.5 crore, 50% will be released as the first installment.
Another 40% will be released after mid-term monitoring by a committee constituted by the UGC after one and a half years.
The remaining 10% of the grant will be released after completion of the project.